By Dora Salazar
For most people, nothing looks better than a sunny day. All of a sudden, the world seems to be more beautiful and outdoor activities start to flash though their minds.
Scientists have found that about 15 minutes of sun exposure a day can have positive benefits in our body. But to a yachtie, being exposed to the sun for much longer periods of time is the everyday routine. Working at open sea or at marinas means that direct contact with the sun is not a choice but a fact. Yacht crew tend to endure longer hours of direct contact with UV rays, and continuous sun exposure can have detrimental effects later in life.
In time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light severely damages the skin by breaking down collagen and elastin tissues that are the support structure of the skin, causing it to sag and lose resilience. It also prompts uneven pigmentation, distended blood vessels, and precancerous and cancerous lesions due to the negative effects that it has on the immune system. As a consequence the skin becomes more sensitive and the natural healing process becomes challenged.
The best way to defend the skin from the sun is protection. Here are five tips to have a safer time in the sun.
It’s important to note that SPF numbers relate to the protection time, not to the level of protection. For example, SPF 30 will provide about 10 hours of protection while an SPF 50 will provide 16. No matter what brand, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours to prevent sunburn.
Become aware of sun exposure and develop a practical regimen that can be followed regularly. Look for skincare products that provide high antioxidant ingredients and hydration. Prevention not only will keep the skin looking younger but will hinder irreversible damage.
Dora Salazar is the owner and aesthetic director of Techno-Facials in Ft. Lauderdale. Contact her through www.techno-facials.com.