Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Your Sunscreen will need a little more help from you

With the effects of global warming getting more obvious by the day, seasons seem to be going to extremes.

The temperatures are reaching a maximum of over 40 degrees Celsius this spring and that clearly indicates the change .The heat has now taken over with heat waves occurring once in a while and that has become a major concern. Even those with allergies that come about due to the budding flowers have their focus set on how they can keep safe from the sun this spring.

Though this might be the case some people seem to be missing the point and instead expose most parts of their bodies, especially the legs and arms. But then this is justified in the manner that the body needs some air to breathe as well.

So the dilemma arises here as to whether to cover up or not to cover up?
The side effects of not covering up, however, are quite not so desirable because getting sun burnt is not cool. The best decision is, therefore, to get covered up.

This is the part where those floppy hats and umbrellas come in. Long sleeved cotton shirts also do the trick, especially for those cycling, as they cannot carry an umbrella while cycling. The precaution to take is that the long sleeved clothes should be made from material that allows the skin to breathe.

The oldest trick is to keep away from the sun during its peak times, which is around 10 am until around 3 in the afternoon. Although this is almost near impossible, a bit of effort to do it might just save your skin from the harsh heat of the sun.

When the above fails, use sunscreen on exposed areas, especially one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 45+. And drop that ideology that sunscreen can only be used by certain people because all of us have skin that needs to be protected at the end of the day.

It is worth noting that using sunscreen is additional protection and does not mean you can just walk directly in the sun under the justification that you are using sun screen.

Sunscreen works to a certain point and needs other safety measures to be put in place so that it becomes effective.

While still at it, do not forget to cover those hard to reach places on your body such as the elbows, the back of the neck and others. Give them as much equal attention as you do the rest of your body.

Although it might seem distant to some people, sun tanning is one of the factors that contributes to getting sun burnt. So if you are to get that tan, think twice and do it wisely. Bask in the sun for short periods of time, say 10 to 15 minutes at a time, because anything beyond that might just be too destructive.

Before walking out of that house with that mini skirt or those shorts, make sure you have all the other protection measures in place to keep that skin protected from the harsh heat of the sun.


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