We’ve mentioned it plenty of times before), but protecting yourself from the sun is incredibly important for everyone. In the past, we’ve already covered the science behind sun protection, as well as the best suncreens for men. But in this article, we’re going to give you a comprehensive guide to the methods you need for sun protection.
It’s important to remember that there are two types of UV radiation, both of which are harmful to your skin in different ways. UVB radiation causes your skin to burn, is the major risk factor in skin cancer. You’re most at risk of being exposed to it on hot, sunny days.
UVA radiation can penetrate through clouds and glass, which means you’re being exposed to it when outdoors, as well as driving, or near windows in the day time. UVA rays cause damage to fibrillin molecules in the skin, which in turn leads to wrinkling and sagging. It also plays a compounding role in developing skin cancer.
The crucial things to remember when it comes to protecting yourself are three golden rules.
3 Steps to sun protection
- Cover up every day
- Never burn
- Don’t neglect easily forgotten areas
Cover up every day
As advice goes, ‘cover up every day’ can certainly sound alarmist. But it really should be taken seriously. Many people think you only need to apply sunscreen or product containing an SPF when the sun is out and the temperature is high, and it is true that you’re most at risk of harm from the sun in hotter weather.