The sun is known for its benefits: it promotes the production of vitamin D and boosts morale. Nevertheless, beware! The sun can also be harmful to your health. Excessive exposure can lead to hazards to your skin.
So here are three good reasons to protect yourself from the sun
Understand the risks
If the tan looks better, the excess of ultraviolet is very harmful. Ultraviolet radiation is completely invisible to the human eye and does not provide any sensation of warmth. Nevertheless, it is responsible each year for many sunburn and skin cancer. However, it is important to be extra careful when it seems harmless: if the wind or clouds give you an impression of freshness,
Don’t forget the sun remains aggressive. The risks are also higher when you are in the mountains (the UV index increases by 10% every 1,000 meters of elevation) or at the water’s edge with reverberation (the reverberation water from 10% to 30% of UV radiation).
The sun accelerates the aging of your skin
Excessive unprotected exposure to the sun can irreversibly impact the health and beauty capital of your skin. Ultraviolet rays act on skin cells and break DNA chains. During prolonged exposure without sun protection, the cells that ensure skin renewal will be reached. The consequences? These will produce less and less melanin, elastin and collagen. This means that your
This means that your skin will lose its tone, will be less elastic and wrinkled. Also, be aware that the sun can cause brown spots called pigment spots. They are caused by an overproduction of melanin and appear on the areas most exposed to the sun such as the face, arms and hands. Thus, the sun accelerates the normal aging process of your skin. So don’t wait any longer and adopt sun care in your daily routine.
Excessive ultraviolet doses attack skin cells and can cause irreversible damage to genes in exposed cells. It is now known that both UVA and UVB increase the risk of skin cancers. There are two main skin cancers: carcinomas and melanomas. Cutaneous melanoma is the less common, but the most severe, due to its strong ability to produce metastases. Carcinoma is the most common malignant tumour in the light-skinned population. Every year in France, tens of thousands people are affected by skin cancer, and the number keep increasing. Indeed, not all skin is equal in front of the sun. Each individual has a "sun capital" that varies according to his skin type.
For example, the risk is higher for people with light skin and blond or red hair, whose skin tends to sunburn regularly. This also applies to people who regularly expose themselves without protection. Each skin bronze and reacts differently to the effects of the sun: the skins are classified in 6 phototypes. Here is a practical table so that everyone can identify the sun protection best suited to their skin.
💡 Tip: If you have a phototype below 3, have your moles checked regularly by a dermatologist.
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