The weather seems to be getting warmer by the day, and you’ll most likely be spending more time outside soaking up the sun. Outdoor summer fun, among other things, can do some serious damage to your skin.
Read on for ways that you can protect your skin:
The harmful effects that the sun’s rays can have on your skin is no secret. Between painful sunburn and life-threatening skin cancer, protecting our skin against the sun shouldn’t even be a question. Just because you won’t be prancing around in your bikini doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be wearing sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend that you apply sunscreen every single day to any areas of your body that may be exposed to the sun. A lot of moisturizers and even makeup products have some SPF built in. Dermatologists recommend that you select a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF no lower than 15.
Developing a tan is really great, but not at the expense of your health. Wear protective clothing like shirts with longer sleeves and wide brimmed hats to limit your sun exposure whenever you can. If you really feel the need to get a tan, try a sunless self-tanning lotion or spray, or head to your local tanning salon for a spray tan.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Avoid these skin cancer machines at all costs. A common misconception is that indoor tanning is safer than being outdoors in the sun. This is completely the opposite. Many studies have proven that using a tanning bed, even just one time, can increase the chance of developing melanoma. The CDC explains that tanning beds and booths are designed to give you a high dose of UV radiation in a short period of time, which can cause burns. Even a simple tan indicates skin damage.
Stop Touching Your Face
We don’t realize how often we really touch our faces each day. Think of everything you touch throughout the day. Keyboards in public computer labs, door handles that are touched by hundreds of people each day, toilet flushing handles, bathroom sink knobs, and so much more! Each time our fingers make contact with our face, they’re transporting so much dirt and bacteria to our pores. This can cause frequent clogged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Don’t Touch Those Pimples
It can be tempting to try and squeeze away your breakouts, but you seriously need to resist that temptation. Squeezing a pimple can drive the dirt and bacteria even further into your clogged pore, making the blemish last even longer. In the process of trying to squeeze a pimple, you could be causing small tears in your skin, inflammation, and even scarring. In severe cases, you can cause an infection that can make you very ill. The Dr. Oz Show explains to us what the “triangle of death” is on our faces. It’s the area that extends from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of the nose. It’s so dramatically named because the blood vessels in this area drains to the back of the head near the base of the brain, and from there, the vessels have a straight shot to the cavernous sinus. The cavernous sinus receives blood from the “triangle of death’s” blood vessels. If an infection travels to the cavernous sinus, vision loss, paralysis, headaches, and in some cases death can occur. If you really have issues with more than the occasional breakout, make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss safe treatment options instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It helps keep you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. You skin keeps everything inside that should stay inside, and keeps everything out that should stay out such as germs and fluids. It does so much for you each day, you need to return the favor and take care of it as best you can.
By: Kayla Harwick