Yes! Getting out and about in the different skin type that sun blows away the winter blues. Sun also brings instant happiness.
Whatever your choice, precautions have to be taken to prevent ending the summer with sun damaged skin.
That damage can vary from burning to the signs of premature aging, such as facial wrinkles and fine lines, to fatal skin cancer.
It is just not worth the risk of trying to fast track that great looking tan by staying unprotected in the sun for too long.
Skin type and Protection
There are essentially only two methods of protecting the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun.
The first is to wear clothing that covers all of the body not forgetting a wide brimmed hat.
The second is to apply sunscreen to all the areas of the body that will be exposed. For the vast majority of us the second option is our preference. It may take longer but we can still get that good looking buzz that a suntan brings us.
What is not generally recognized is that different skin types require sunscreens with the appropriate protection factor (SPF number) to suit. If you have very pale skin and find that you burn but don’t tan it is best to stay covered up if you must go out in the sun.
Take particular care with protecting children’s delicate skin, a high factor block is a must.
Most sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and protect it from getting burnt. The potentially harmful ultraviolet rays can still get through. The best protection is an ointment of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, both lie on the surface of the skin and reflect the rays of the sun. Unfortunately they look unsightly when applied and do not allow the skin to tan. A good discussion with the best dermatologist would let you know what choices are available to you.