They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. A symmetrical face is supposed to denote unrivaled beauty, while others favor certain features such as almond-shaped eyes or a sharp nose. The definition of beauty varies with different geographical localities, but what appears to be consistent is how the condition of a person’s skin seems to take centre stage when beauty is discussed and appreciated.
This near-universal appreciation of good skin is probably why skin health is one of the most talked-about topics in recent years and for good reason. Skin health is not only related to surface beauty, it is also directly related to our health. A carefree and breezy contemporary lifestyle, for example, warrants some time in the open under direct sunshine, and everyone is aware that sunscreen is very important.
We all know the risk that frequent exposure to the sun holds: the sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, and too-frequent or prolonged exposure can result in not only sunburn, but also premature aging to the skin. However, what’s worse is that you can even develop skin cancer in addition to premature wrinkling. Protecting yourself from invisible UV rays is very important to ensure skin health, and there are specific ways to do so.
UV rays are electromagnetic radiation waves that have a wavelength shorter than that of visible light. Found in sunlight, it can actually be beneficial, as seen in the desire for most people to develop a golden, glowing tan, but only in controlled doses.
There are many skin check guides available, and an international standard measurement of the strength of UV rays called the ultraviolet index (UV index) can be used to gauge the intensity of UV rays in your area where you live.
In addition, it is highly recommended that you protect your skin as best as you can, especially when the UV index is at least 3; apply a generous amount of sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before going outdoors. Moreover, don’t forget to re-apply it if you sweat a lot, have gone swimming, or if 2 hours have elapsed since the previous application.
Protecting your skin means wearing protective clothing that covers large areas of skin and avoiding exposure to the sun when sunlight is strongest. This time frame is between 10 AM and 4 PM, so it is advisable to stay indoors or in the shade for this duration.
Skin health is an ongoing process that must never be neglected. In addition to ensuring that you don’t look prematurely aged, avoiding unnecessary sun damage will minimize the risk of developing skin cancer.