How to Avoid Sunburn and Sun Damage
Most people worry about the health and beauty of their skin, and are aware that little mistakes can cause problems that are more than just aesthetic. Every day your skin is exposed to different factors that weaken and dry the skin, causing more damage than what you can see on the surface. Fortunately, however, by taking proper precautions you can prevent sunburn and sun damage that affect your skin’s health at a deeper level.
Right now there are numerous products available for skin care that will help prevent damage from the sun. But it’s not necessary to spend a fortune on expensive treatments to protect your skin and keep it healthy. Today we’ll share some of the best tips for helping you avoid sun damage to your skin.
Are you familiar with the kinds of medications you take?
Many people don’t know this, but certain medications like antidepressants, contraceptive pills, anti-inflammatory treatments or corticosteroids, and antibiotics are “photosensitive,” which means that when you’re exposed to sunlight it increases the risk of sunburn and sun damage. If you’re taking any of these drugs it’s important that you always use a good sunscreen to minimize the damage.
Waxing or shaving 24 hours before sun exposure
Regardless of the method you choose for hair removal, everyone can agree that they want to maintain healthy, clean skin. You should always protect your skin from sun exposure within 24 hours after hair removal. Use a good moisturizer and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Increase your consumption of antioxidants and omega-3 acids
Diet plays a very important role in the health of your skin, as well as the impact the sun can have on it. Increasing your consumption of antioxidants will help your body fight free radicals, which weaken collagen and elastin. Among the best known and healthiest antioxidants are beta-carotene and vitamins A, B, C, and E. You’ll find these in foods like carrots, tomatoes, apricots, spinach, plums, and blueberries, among others.
Another essential nutrient for healthy skin is omega-3. This type of healthy fat nourishes the skin, soothes irritation, and reduces your risk of sunburn. You can increase your intake of omega-3 by eating oily fish and nuts.
Check your moles on a regular basis
The sun is an important factor that influences the transition from mole to melanoma or skin cancer. That’s why it’s important that you check your moles regularly to see if they’re changing. Check for moles that have irregular or fuzzy edges, strange colors, or if they ooze and bleed. If you notice any abnormalities, it’s time to make an appointment with your dermatologist.
Masks to protect your skin from the sun
Yogurt and oatmeal mask
This mask helps moisturize your skin while eliminating dead cells and reducing the appearance of sun spots. It’s important that you use it at night for the best results.
- ½ cup of plain yogurt (125 g)
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (45 ml)
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal (10 ml)
- 2 strawberries, mashed
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply the mask to your face after you’ve washed it. Leave it on for 10 minutes before removing with cold water.
Oatmeal and banana mask
Another great way to protect your skin from the sun and avoid sunburns and spots is by combining bananas, oats, and honey. These three ingredients nourish and hydrate the skin while providing a protective barrier that removes dead cells that have accumulated on the surface.
- 1 small, ripe banana
- 5 tablespoons of oatmeal (125 g)
- 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor and puree them until you have a smooth paste. Apply this to clean skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Repeat this treatment three times a week for the best results.