Remember, while it’s advised to apply sunscreen, sunscreen does not mean you are completely shielded from the sun.
It is important to note that even when using sunscreen, it’s necessary to still practice smart sun care. There are several factors that can play a role in how your skin handles sun. Genetics is probably plays the biggest role. How often your skin gets to see the sun, or how much skin gets exposed to the sun – do you live at the beach or pool, or is most of your time inside? Do you wear pants and long sleeves most the time when you’re outside? Do you live in an area that has winter half the year? The closer you live to the equator, the more intense the sun is.
While too much sun can be harmful, as with all things – everything in moderation.
Sun is actually very necessary as it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D which is very important for the body. Vitamin D boosts immunity, reduces the risk of cancer, improves sleep as well as mood, lowers blood pressure, improves brain function, and heals skin disorders.
Avoid getting sunburn, as that means cellular damage was done, by doing a few simple things. Ease into spending time in the sun when it’s been a while since your skin has had exposure, limit the time in general you spend in the sun if you can help it – stay covered with lightweight clothes and wear a hat when you can. Keep your body hydrated inside and out – keep your water intake up and keep your skin moisturized in general. And when you do spend time in the sun, remember to apply sunscreen and continue to reapply the longer you stay in the sun.
It is always advised to see a dermatologist if you ever have any questions, issues, or concerns in regards to your skin, and sunburns should always be avoided.