Sunlight injures the skin, particularly the epidermis. The cumulative effects of sun exposure are wrinkling, blotchy pigmentation and roughness. Sun damaged skin also becomes less flexible and more easily bruised. Finally, sun damage is the major cause of skin cancer.
SUN TIPS YOU CAN COUNT ON
- To protect your skin always use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater (Epione’s Sunblock is SPF 40+).
- If you burn easily, freckle or have light hair and eyes, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF factor and reapply every hour if perspiring or swimming.
- Your tan won’t protect you from burning! Even if you already have a tan, use sunscreen to keep your skin even-toned, young-looking and safe.
- Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies – you should still apply sunscreen if you’re outside. The sun can damage your skin even if it’s not sunny out.
- For the best results, apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.
- If possible, avoid being out in the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Follow the “Shadow Rule” – if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are most likely to sunburn.
- When you’re out in the sun, especially midday, wear light, protective clothing: wide-brimmed hats, jeans or pants and long-sleeved tops.
- Remember: It’s never too late to help your skin stay healthy. No matter how many times you’ve been sunburned or tanned before, you can start fighting blotches, wrinkles and skin cancer by using a sunscreen now.