The sun is scorching, there are no clouds in the sky, water is of azure colour and the sand resembles gold. Did I miss something? YES! Damaging UV radiation and sunburns are also a part of holiday well-deserved rest. How to protect ourselves against them? Basically, all you have to do is apply a sunscreen and get acquainted with a few myths and facts concerning sunbathing.
SKIN EXPOSITION TO THE SUN
Sun creams should be used only when we plan to take a sun bath or stay long outdoors. Unfortunately, this theory is far from being true. Actually, we should apply cosmetics that protect us against UV radiation all year long. All you have to do is match the sun protection filter with the ongoing season. The point often overlooked is that we are exposed to sunrays even in the winter, and these hit us with doubled strength when bounced from the snow. Take also into consideration the fact that during mowing the lawn, cycling or taking long walks, you can get tanned too strongly as well.
SUNSCREEN WITH UVA AND UVB FILTER
Only such a cosmetic can protect us against every kind of radiation. Remember to apply creams of the highest factor, which is 50+. Only such products provide the optimal protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Currently, the cosmetic market offers even products that shield the skin against Infrared Radiation (IR) and Cherenkov Radiation (VIS).
A LITTLE VITAMIN D
Creams including sun protection filters don’t impede our organism from producing vitamin D, fortunately. How is it possible? From April to September vitamin D is independently synthesized even if a body is exposed to insufficient amount of solar radiation. In order to get the right level of the vitamin, it’s enough to expose ourselves to the sun for no longer than 15 minutes; best if the sunbath takes place between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Even during winter our organism produces vitamin D, yet in lower quantities, of course.
COMPUTER AND RADIATION
Some people are convinced that cream with sun protection filters should be used also indoors, while working in front of a computer. Devices (screens, TVs) emit blue light which has very negative impact on our organism. Moreover, through the windows penetrate sun rays, affecting skin with double the power. Therefore, it’s advisable to close blinders and use sunscreens even with small SPF when the sun is scorching outside and the temperatures are super high.