Summer might be over, but sunlight is not going anywhere: the sun will still rise and set, bathing us with natural light and who says daylight says UV. And particularly UV-A.
The time of year, the type of weather (clouds or no clouds), where you live and where you spend your time (indoors or outdoors) impact the amount of sunlight you’re exposed to, and consequently the amount of UV radiation and the potential damages. The closer you move towards the equator, the higher the levels of UV radiation. And those who think that being inside eliminates risks, they are wrong.
For those who think darker skins need sunscreen as much as others to protect against the nasty UV and skin cancer, this is wrong. Darker skins shouldn't use traditional sunscreen, even less daily. Let us explain.
Absolutely not! unless you have a special condition or you’re under specific medical care, your vitamin D intake should come from direct exposure to sunlight, and from your diet. Sunlight is free and sunlight generated vitamin D is the best for your body. Scared of sunburn and skin cancer? Well, this is another story and there’s a way to get the good without the bad.
Aside from the well-known broad spectrum sunscreen, antioxidants represent a different path to boost our skin’s defense against UV rays. What are their role? How can we supply our body with antioxidants in order to prevent premature aging?
Eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking plenty of water and practicing a good daily skin care routine are always going to be your best bets for taking care of your skin. Here’s a few tips for when it comes to enjoying the sun and developing that coveted glow… without the harmful effects.