The good part is at least most of us, are able to go out every day for a jog or a very long walk. However, this also means more exposure to the sun than we used to, as the gyms are not open yet. THIS TRANSLATES TO A NEED FOR SKIN PROTECTION
We all love to take advantage of the sun and know its benefits: it boosts morale and promotes the production of vitamin D. However, we sometimes forget that it can also be dangerous.
I know, you don’t like to think about them but UV rays should be a big concern for us all. They can cause irreversible damage, and in the most serious cases, fatal
Exposure to the sun poses risks:
- It causes sunburn, premature aging, allergies and, in the most serious cases, cancers (melanomas and carcinomas).
- For the eyes, serious lesions may appear in the short term such as ophthalmia (a “sunburn” of the eye), or in the longer term, such as cataracts or degeneration
. Everyone is affected but we are not equal facing the sun. You are particularly fragile if:
You have fair skin, red or blond hair, light eyes and you tan with difficulty;
- You have many moles (over 50);
- You have congenital moles (present from birth) or atypical (wide, irregular);
- You have a family history of melanoma;
- You are undergoing medical treatment or taking medicines which may make you
“Photosensitive”, that is to say more sensitive to the sun.
So be very careful in the sun. Have your skin checked regularly by your doctor
Now that you know we are all concerned when it comes to sunburn, Protect your skin from the sun by doing the following ALWAYS:
FIND THE SHADE and AVOID direct SUNLIGHT between noon and 4 p.m
It is during these hours that the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are most intense.
For all your outdoor activities, look for shaded places. Don’t forget that at the beach, the parasol is useful but it does not fully protect you because of the reflection of the sun’s rays on the sand.
Wear a T-shirt, glasses and hat
Even light clothing (dry) filters UV rays and is the best protection against the sun.
- Sunglasses are essential. Choose an enveloping shape and make sure that they carry the CE standard for real protection. • A hat protects the eyes and the face. Prefer a wide-brimmed hat that also covers the neck.
APPLY sunscreen regularly
Sunscreen should be applied in a sufficient and thick layer on all parts of the body not covered by clothing. Choose the high SPF’ (minimum index 30, even 50 for extreme conditions), active against both UVB and UVA rays.
- Repeat the application every 2 hours and, of course, after each swim.
- Warning ! Just because you apply sunscreen doesn’t mean you can be exposed longer. The only total screen is clothing.
PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN even more
- Babies should never be exposed to the sun. • Children and adolescents must particularly protect themselves. EVEN as they reach puberty, the skin and eyes are fragile and more sensitive to UV rays. Sunburn and repeated exposure during puberty are a major cause of the development of skin cancer (melanoma) in adulthood.
HERE IS A LIST OF COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN TRUE OR FALSE FORMAT
- TRUE OR FALSE? UV sessions in the tanning salon prepare the skin for the sun.
Artificial tanning has no protective effect and does not prepare the skin for tanning. On the contrary, artificial UV rays received in the tanning booth only add to those received from the sun and increase the risk of cancer. The use of tanning booths is therefore strongly discouraged.
- Sunscreen is enough to protect the skin from the sun.
Even the most effective sunscreens do not filter out all of the UV: “the full screen” does not exist. For example, applied in the recommended doses, the same sunscreen index 50+ will still allow 2% of UV rays to pass. Its use therefore does not allow exposure longer.
- Even tanned, you must continue to protect yourself.
Tanning is a natural “barrier” made by the skin to protect itself from the sun. It represents a protection index between 3 and 5, but is superficial and only filters part of the UV. Tanned skin is less susceptible to sunburn, but is not protected against the risk of cancer.
- The risk is not related to heat but to the intensity of UV rays.
Beware of false impressions of security when it is cooler, under a cloudy sky or with wind because UV rays pass! The danger comes only from sunburn.
It also comes from “doses” of UV received throughout life. With each new unprotected exposure, the UV rays received accumulate and increase the risks for the skin and eyes:
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