Now more than ever, after the confinement, prepare your skin for the sun

Sunbathing is good for your health if you do it safely

Sunbathing is good for your health if you do it safely

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The importance of taking precautions when sunbathing is evident. We all know the problems of excessive exposure to the sun, but this year, we must bear in mind the effects of the confinement. Therefore, now more than ever, you must take precautions:

  • Start sunbathing gradually especially during the first few days, even with sun protection.
  • Always use a high factor sun cream protection. These creams allow tanning which reducing the risk of burns. Do not use a factor of less than 30 especially on children and sensitive skin, and do not forget to apply it to all areas exposed to the sun.
  • Don’t expose children under six months of age to the sun and, after that age, use creams with a protection factor based on zinc or titanium dioxide.
  • Being tanned or having dark skin, does not protect you, and the same precautions must be followed.
  • Avoid as much as possible or maximize the precautionary measures between 12 noon and 4 p.m.
  • Keep well hydrated and follow a diet abundant in fruit and vegetables, which are a source of antioxidants.
  • Visiting a dermatologist before each summer season is a good idea, to check for any suspicious skin injuries or their progression.

Your skin and your health will thank you for taking these precautions, however without creating sun phobia or fear. Not being exposed to solar radiation can also have negative consequences for our health as the ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are responsible for initiating the synthesis of vitamin D in our skin. In addition, among other benefits, it has been proven that sun exposure can help control our blood pressure level as it produces certain vasodilator substances, and can even help reduce cholesterol levels in our blood, as this substance is used as a precursor for vitamin D synthesis. And let’s not forget that sunbathing in the early hours of the morning helps to regulate circadian rhythms and the secretion of melatonin, an important substance to regulate our sleeping patterns. 

In short: you must protect yourself from the sun and especially in summer, when the radiation intensity is stronger. However, don’t forget that being in the sun with proper precautions can have a beneficial effects on your health.