Sun damage can be very serious and is often characterized by dry skin, sunburn, premature aging, sunspots, and even skin cancer.1
Although we should be wearing sunscreen all year round to protect us against sun damage, many of us don’t start thinking about sun protection until the summer months. Sun damage can occur any time, in any season if we are outside without sun protection.
To keep your sensitive skin healthy and protected all year round, follow the best skin care to outsmart the sun:
Your skin is unique and so is your need for everyday sun protection. If you have dry skin, choose a sunscreen with a richer formulation to help replenish the skin’s moisture content. If you have sensitive skin, choose a lighter SPF formulation, such as SPF 15.
The higher the SPF, the more harmful rays it blocks out, however no sun protection product can block out 100% of the sun’s says. The sun may cause sunburn, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer. Along with avoiding the sun and wearing protective clothing, regular use of sunscreens may over the years reduce the chance of these harmful effects.
It’s important to apply sunscreen prior to sun exposure2, giving the ingredients a chance to absorb into your skin and develop a protective shield. Applying sunscreen before going outside also minimizes the chance of your sunscreen perspiring off. Remember to reapply often to maintain constant protection.
Make sure that you are applying enough sunscreen and covering up every area that could be exposed to sun’s harmful rays. Don’t forget the hairline, neck, chest, ears, hands, and lips. These areas are often missed, but they are very susceptible to sunburn if exposed.
Although you may not burn, repeated sun exposure and sun tanning can have a damaging effect on your skin, causing premature aging, sunspots and even skin cancer. Avoid tanning indoors3 and outdoors, and if you must be outside be sure to wear a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 154.
2. Health Canada Sun Safety Fact Sheet (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/pubs/sun-sol/safety-prudence-eng.php)
3. Health Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/lamp-eng.php)
4. Health Canada Sun Safety Fact Sheet (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/pubs/sun-sol/safety-prudence-eng.php)