Even if you enjoy spending a lot of time in the sun, you better take care of your skin because it seems that prolonged sun exposure is not that healthy as there are a lot of side-effects in exchange for this recreational activity.
According to Dr. Albert Rivera, Southeastern Skin and Dermatology dermatologist from Madison, any type of tan means sun damage, as there is no such thing as a 100 percent safe tan. Dr. Rivera underlined that when you get tanned, it means that your skin is trying to respond to sun damage and protect itself.
Despite the fact that the market is rich in many sunscreen products, oils, sprays, and creams, not all of them are efficient or healthy. Some people are allergic to chemical sunscreens, and oils can clog the pores, and that is not okay.
Sprays are not recommended because they do not cover all areas well, and they are dangerous for children because some of the ingredients might be inhaled. If you get sunburnt for five times in your life, then you will have a higher risk of developing melanoma which is the deadliest type of skin cancer.
There are other two types of skin cancer, but none of them are fatal. It is recommended for people to reapply sunscreen at every two hours, after excessive sweating, or swimming because no product is waterproof regardless of the fact that its label might say so.
Also, people should look for products that have the broad spectrum label on them, meaning that the sunscreen is efficient against both UVA and UVB rays. These are the two types of ultraviolet rays. UVB rays are shorter than UVA rays, but they are more common and usually responsible for sunburns.
UVA rays have a longer wavelength, and they can penetrate the skin deeper increasing the risk of skin cancer. Regarding the sun protection factor (SPF), experts recommend people to go for an SPF 30 sunscreen because it blocks 98 percent of the UV rays.
SPF 15 products provide only 93 percent protection, whereas anything higher than SPF 30 offers only a little additional protection, and these products are more expensive as well. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas such as the scalp, if you are bald, behind the ears, the tops of the feet, between the toes.
Plus, it is better to have someone apply sunscreen on your back to make sure that the entire area is covered. According to experts, if you protect your skin, you will also enjoy summer without worrying about sunburns.