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Sun, Really A Skin Culprit?

We often get to hear that sun exposure is good for our skin as it helps the body to make vitamin D that is required to strengthen the bones. However, too much unnecessary exposure can lead to damage to the skin. Therefore it is important to monitor your daily exposure to the sun. Skin physiology involves the outer layer of skin having cells that contain the pigment melanin. This melanin is a true hero. It protects the skin against the damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This is the reason that people who have more sun exposure are tanner. However, this tan is temporary until there is a regeneration of new skin cells.

Too much sun exposure causes not only tanning but in severe cases, it leads to sunburn. Other harmful effects include premature aging and loosening of the skin along with fine lines and wrinkles. If the skin does not have proper skin protection against the powerful UV rays of the sun then these rays will penetrate the outer skin layers and hit deeper layers killing the skin cells. In extreme cases when the exposure to the sun is for quite some time (for years) it can become a chief cause of skin cancer. Therefore if you have prolonged sun exposure then make sure to look for your skin regularly for suspicious growths or other skin changes.

Signs Of A Sunburn

  • Redness as the blood flow is increased
  • Hot skin
  • Pain
  • Itchy or tight skin
  • Blisters
  • Dehydration
  • Peeling or shedding of skin

Other Dangers Of Prolonged Sun Exposure

  • Skin changes (freckles and moles as skin cells clump with melanin)
  • Early aging (the process of aging speeds up)
  • Lowered immune system (as white blood cells help skin cells to regenerate)
  • Eye injuries (UV rays can damage the tissues in the eyes)
  • Skin cancer

How To Avoid Damage Caused By Sun?

  • People who don’t have much melanin or who sunburn easily should take extra precautions when in the sun
  • Cover your sensitive areas
  • Wear a sunblock
  • Limit total exposure time
  • Avoid the sun between 10 am – 2 pm

What Is SPF In Sunscreen?

SPF is used for sun protection factor. The SPF number of a sunscreen product tells us how well the product will protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The higher the SPF number of a product the greater is the protection from the sun. The SPF number should be at least 30. Also if there had been any skin cancer or pre-cancer then even a higher number of SPF must be used.

Are Sunscreens Safe To Use?

Yes, they are very safe and useful as they stop the UV rays of the sun to penetrate deep into the skin and damage the skin cells. The level of protection provided by the sunscreen depends on its SPF number. Sunscreen can be of two types either organic or inorganic. Both are effective and work to protect the skin against sun damage in different ways.

Who Should Use Sunscreen?

  • Men, women, and children
  • People who tan easily and even those who don’t
  • Fair-skinned people and also dark-skinned people
  • People who already have tans

How Photo Block Plus Sunscreen Cream Is Your Skin’s Best Friend?

Photo block plus sunscreen cream is a very effective product against skin damage. It has properties such as day and night anti-aging effects and provides maximum protection against UVA and UVB. Furthermore, it protects the skin against oxidative damage. The stable long-acting formula of this product provides protection to the skin throughout the day. Hence, this product has all the ingredients that combine together to combat the harmful sun rays and keep the skin away from skin problems.

References

https://medlineplus.gov
https://familydoctor.org/
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/

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