12th April 2020

Protect Your Skin: Why Sun Protection Is Essential for Healthy Skin

Ultraviolet radiation, or UV radiation, is a main cause of skin cancer.

UV radiation also damages the skin of our bodies and the DNA of our cells. It is important to protect your skin if you intend to be outside for any length of time. 

Protection against the sun comes in many forms, but the most effective way is to stay indoors. Staying out of the sun isn’t always possible, so there are other methods such as finding shade and applying sun protection. 

Protect Your Skin 

The core reason to protect yourself from the sunlight is the health hazards associated with exposure to the sun. The worst time to be outside is during the middle of the day. In general, the elevation of the sun in the sky is tied to the amount of UV radiation that is bombarding the Earth. 

The power of the UV radiation is measured by the UV Index. This measure takes into account things such as ozone layer, time of the year and other metrics to measure the impact of sunlight. In the UK, it is very rare that the index ever reaches 8, but even a little bit further south, 9 and 10 are common. 

One important thing to remember is that just because it is cloudy, does not mean you are protected. UV radiation is scattered by moisture in the clouds. Therefore, it is able to penetrate even thick cloud cover, and you can receive a sunburn. 

Skin Cancer

In addition to spots and blemishes, the most significant danger of UV exposure is skin cancer. Skin cancer is caused when the radiation bombarding your skin damages the DNA of your cells. This causes the cells to replicate incorrectly and can happen at any time. 

Methods for Repairing Skin 

Sunlight exposure can cause damage to the collagen and elastin in your skin. This can result in conditions like crow’s feet lines around the eyes. Botox can be used to smooth this area of skin and prevent the wrinkles from showing. 

It is also important to practice a proper skincare routine.  Moisturized skin is more resilient and less likely to be damaged by exposure to the sunlight. Profhilo treatments can correct drying skin and help the skin to protect itself naturally. 

Having an effective and consistent skincare routine is vital to protecting the look and feel of your skin. Going out into the sun less will help your skin retain its youth and vigour as you age. In the end, the sun can’t be fully avoided, and damage will occur so seeking treatment is helpful and normal. 

Your Skin and Life 

The healthier your skin is, the better off you are going to look and feel. Exposing yourself to unnecessary amounts of sunlight is a recipe for disaster. Take the time to avoid direct sunlight during the middle of the day, and protect your skin with shade generated by hats, umbrellas. Use sunblock when you must be out in the sun. Taking care of your skin is the best way to stay looking and feeling young. 

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