LET’S ‘MARCH’ FOR THE SKIN PROTECTION
- IWB Post
- February 18, 2014
March is the month of womanhood when the world celebrates International Women’s Day. One of the most intriguing factors of being a woman is beauty care. In this article we are talking about the many ways by which you can protect your skin from Sun. Take a look:
Use Sun-screen: Use a waterproof sunscreen that has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, which can burn the skin and are also responsible for skin cancer. Moreover, these are good for runners as it won’t run into your eyes.
Put on sunscreen half an hour before you leave home: Summer clothes are thin fabricated and hence provide almost no protection from Sun rays. It’s better to cover all visible areas of body from sunscreen.
Don’t go out when rays are the strongest: To protect, try to stay out of the sun between 12 noon to 4 pm as the rays are at their strongest. And remember that clouds don’t block UV rays. Neither the effect gets less during winters!
Wear shades when outdoor: A good pair of shades helps protect your eyes from UV rays.
Avoid Skin-Therapies: Even though you can permanently remove sun spots with medical procedures, such as laser therapy, freezing and chemical peels; try lightening and fading sun spots with home treatments before turning to complete sun spot removal. These expensive treatments can cause temporary discoloration and skin irritation, including redness and scabbing or even permanent scarring and discoloration.
Prefer Home Remedy: Try lightening sun spots with a natural remedy in lieu of using harsh medical treatments.
- Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a bowl and apply the lemon juice on all the areas of your skin with sun spots using a cotton ball. Though fading sun spots with a natural remedy will take more time than other treatments, the gentle fruit acids of lemon juice will fade sun spots and brighten your skin over time with regular use and without irritating your skin.
- Try to bath with besan (gram flour) as it is one of the best ways you can removable dead skin and tanned dead cells.
- Curd and papaya also prove to be wonderful when it comes to cure skin from sun tan.
- Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel on the affected skin areas before going to bed. I n the morning, wash the skin thoroughly.
Common Myths about sunscreens
Never neglect the goodness of sunscreens just due to some myths you have. It’s a savior to skin. Better get rid of such myths to reinvent the benefits of Sunscreens-
1. The Number Game: The SPF count on sunscreens ranges from 2 to 50. But we usually tend to pick the product with the highest SPF count, hoping that it will provide the best protection. Wrong! The SPF numbers never determines the protection from the Sun. Rather it denotes the duration in minutes that the sunscreen can protect your skin. So if you go with the SPF 20 it means that it will provide protection for 200 minutes.
2. Can you skip it? Stop believing that you can actually skip the sunscreen when it is cloudy or during winters while sun-bathing.
3. It is not about the color. It’s a common belief that girls with darker complexion are less likely to get more tanned than those with a lighter skin tone.
4. Reapplication? The truth is that waterproof sunscreens are just not water-resistant. So reapplication is a must.
5. Exposure to Vitamin D: Staying in sun without a sunscreen will give you Vitamin D? Doctors suggest that there are much safer ways of getting access to Vitamin D than exposing your skin to the harmful UV-A rays that can cause skin cancer.
Preventing sun exposure in children: Teach your kids the ABCs of skin protection-
- A: Away from the sun in the middle of the day (from 12 noon to 4 in the afternoon).
- B: Block. Use a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher to protect babies and children’s sensitive skin.
- C: Cover up. Wear clothing that covers the skin, hats with wide brims, and sunglasses with UV protection. Even children 1 year old should wear sunglasses with UV protection.
Stay beautiful by shedding your stress of how to save your delicate self with harmful sun rays this year. Let’s make this Woman’s Day a special one. Take care.