How to Protect Your Skin From UV Exposure
We all love the sun and when the weather gets nicer and the air is warmer, it’s only natural to want to be more active outdoors. Spending time in nature is good for your body and your spirit! Sunshine is naturally uplifting, improves your mood, and it helps your body make much-needed Vitamin D. These are all important benefits, but it is also important to remember that too much sun exposure can damage the surface of your skin. You can still enjoy the great outdoors and protect your skin while taking precautions before, during, and after a day of fun in the sun.
There is no doubt that wearing sunscreen is important; however, you should not panic about all sun exposure because your body needs some exposure to create Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” and helps maintain strong bones and teeth throughout your entire life.
When you are outside, wearing sunscreen is important to block your skin from ultraviolet rays; however, some sunscreens contain ingredients that may actually be harmful not only to your skin but also to our environment. It is important to choose a healthy and environmentally safe sunscreen that is zinc oxide-based. These types of sunscreens deflect heat from skin which otherwise could worsen hyperpigmentation, especially in darker skin tones. You should also wear a lip balm with SPF to limit UV damage on your lips.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside and use broad spectrum mineral based sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.
Pay attention to the time
This is important! During the daylight hours, the sun is at its most intense between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That means your skin will be more vulnerable to sun damage. Sunlight tends to be less intense and safer to be in outside of these hours.
Wear sun-protective clothing
Never underestimate what clothing and accessories can do to protect your skin from the sun! Hats, visors, and sunglasses help protect your face, chest, neck, and shoulders from the sun. If you enjoy a lot of outdoor activities (such as biking or running), many athletic companies design activewear with fabrics that have UV-blocking traits built into them. This is called “UPF” ratings, or ““Ultraviolet Protection Factor.” The UPF rating system is similar to how sunscreen works and measures how much UV radiation passes through the fabric. Clothing labeled above UPF 50 has excellent protection, while between 30 and 49 has very good protection. Another way to protect your skin naturally is by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, long dresses, or long skirts that are made out of breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen.
What to do when your skin is sun-damaged or sunburned
Experiencing the occasional sunburn is only natural and happens to the best of us. When sunburn occurs, it is essential to repair the damage. Excess sun exposure can make your skin red, itchy, flaky, and flat out uncomfortable. Moisturizing your skin with gentle nourishing ingredients, such as the ones in T-Zone + Cheeks, can soothe skin. T-Zone + Cheeks contains dandelion root extract, which helps reduce damage from UVB radiation.
One of the most gentle ingredients that has skin-healing properties is aloe vera gel. You can break open the leaves of an aloe vera plant that you have at home to get it straight from the source. Aloe vera is also an ingredient in Navinka’s 2-Step Cleanser. This cleanser helps replenish skin with antioxidants from several plants, including cilantro extract. In some studies, cilantro extract has been shown to minimize the sun’s damaging effects. Our 2-Step Cleanser also contains soothing and moisturizing sea buckthorn oil that easily penetrates skin to promote healing.
Spending time outdoors improves your well-being, including your mental and physical health. By choosing the right clothing, being aware of what time the sun is its most powerful, and wearing sunscreen, you can strike a healthy balance. Keep your skin nourished with a natural skin care flow, and you can minimize the impact of UV damage, too!