We, women, who suffer from hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and age spots (premature aging) on our faces, consider sunlight as a major problem and cause. Because we are aware of how sometimes it damages our skin. Sun exposure causes Melanin level to increase and as a result skin pigments. Also seriously, who would like to have discolored and unhealthy skin when we can keep our natural normal color?
Probably not most of us know that under some conditions sunlight is important to our skin as much as it's important for our life. Sunlight is an essential vitamin D source to our skin, which is needed to maintain strong bones and skin health.
The body produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to the sun, and most people meet at least some of their vitamin D needs this way. For people with dark skin, it's advised to spend 15 to 20 minutes time exposed to Sunlight to get the needed amount and only 5 to 10 minutes for people with light skin color.
Despite the importance of sunlight to get vitamin D, getting exposed for longer periods to sunlight can increase the risk of getting skin cancer. The risk is greater for people who have fair or freckled skin that burns easily than the people who have dark skin.
The extra exposure you get from the sun, the earlier your skin ages. Ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate your skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. Your skin may even become thickened and leathery, wrinkled, or thinned like a tissue paper. The good news is that you can always get the needed Vitamin D from food such as Cheese, Milk, Egg yolks, Tuna, Salmon, Mushrooms, etc.
Women who take care of their skin health and who are subject to getting overexposure to the sun on a daily basis, resort to staying in the safe zone by wearing face sunscreens, also known as sunblock.
Sunscreen acts as a barrier between your skin and damaging UV rays by reflecting or scattering UVB light. It penetrates the skin and absorbs the UVA rays before they are able to reach and damage your dermal layer.
Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to be fully absorbed into the skin. Sunscreens differ in how effective they are and are affected by several factors. Be sure to check the expiration date on the container. Choose an SPF that suits your skin’s needs and type and better go for not only protect skin from UVA and UVB rays but also offer HEVIS light defense.
Here are some tips to help protect your skin against early wrinkles, damage, and diseases:
- Cover up sensitive areas with light clothes and use a sun hat and glasses.
- Wear a sunblock to reduce skin damage and protect it.
- Limit your total exposure time, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Make facial sun protection part of your morning skincare routine and apply it every day, even on cloudy days.