Gone are the long sleeves and scarves of winter. With the warm summer months come tank tops, flip-flops and swimming suits. Unfortunately, all that exposed skin can also lead to sun damage. For today’s blog, we’re going to look at the top 5 things you need to know about sunburns and suntans:
- They’re a reaction to the skin being injured
Whether you get a painful, red burn or a sought-after tan, both are the result of the same thing: your skin being attacked by the sun’s UV rays. A tan is the result of the body creating more melanin to protect itself, while a burn is an inflammatory response to damage. In both situations, the skin loses moisture and starts to tighten.
- Base tans don’t protect you
No matter how nice they may look, tans are still the result of the skin being damaged. Adding to that by tanning more will only result in a higher risk for cancer and wrinkles.
- Use sunscreen liberally and often
Most people don’t use as much sunscreen as the manufacturers recommend. And after a while, it will start to wear off. Dermatologists recommend you reapply it once every two hours.
- Any time is a good time to quit
Some people who’ve experienced sun exposure at an early age tend to take on the mantra, “The damage is done, so I may as well keep tanning!” However, harmful sun exposure is like smoking: even if the damage is done, quitting is still better than continuing the habit.
- It’s not just fair-skinned people at risk
Some people believe that because they have darker skin, they are at less risk than those who are fair-skinned. But the truth is, sun damage is just easier to see on fair-skinned individuals. Those with darker skin are just as much at risk for sun damage, skin cancer and premature wrinkles
We want you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. As long as you take the proper precautions, you should be able to enjoy the warmer weather without damaging your skin. If you find yourself staying inside because of limited mobility, we can help. We carry ambulatory aids in our store and online catalog.