How to Avoid Sunburn to Look Youthful During Winter
If you want great skin for as long as you live, there’s a golden rule you can’t work around: you must avoid sunburn like the plague.
Tanned skin is damaged skin, and being exposed to too much sun during your life can cause early age spots, wrinkles, and it even makes you prone to skin cancer.
There are a few things you can do to avoid sunburn and sun damage. Let’s take a look at some of them so you can make a habit out of them and have healthy, youthful skin for longer!
1. Stay Inside Between 10 AM and 2 PM
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to just stay indoors between 10 AM and 2 PM, which is the time of the day where the sun’s rays are stronger.
If you have to go outside, make sure you use clothes that protect your skin, sunscreen, and a hat.
Now, you don’t have to look like a crazy person to protect your skin from sun damage!
Don’t sacrifice your style, just make adjustments to ensure that your skin is protected but you still look good!
2. Always Use Sunscreen
If you’re outdoors during the day, there’s something you can’t ever forget: sunscreen!
Sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet rays, such as UVA and UVB, which cause wrinkles and can also contribute to skin cancer.
Make sure you get a high-quality sunscreen with the right SPF for your face and for your body.
Apply it on your face and neck, as well as your arms every time you go outside during the day.
What Is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it’s what tells you how sunscreens prevent you getting sunburned.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology you should use SPF 30 or higher, and make sure the label says “broad-spectrum”, because that means it will protect against ultraviolet rays and it’s water-resistant.
When to Wear Sunscreen?
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t wear sunscreen only when it’s sunny outside. You should wear it every day, no matter the season, no matter the weather.
That’s why it’s also important to wear it during winter!
Why? Because ultraviolet rays are always there. Also, they pierce through glass, so even if you’re spending most of your outdoor time inside your car, you’ll need sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out and reapply it every hour and a half if you’ll be sweating or swimming.
What to Do If You Get Sunburned
The first step is to apply 90% aloe vera gel to your skin or squeeze it directly from the plant if you can. This will soothe your skin and prevent the burn from getting worse.
If you don’t have aloe vera and you can’t get it, use moisturizing alcohol-free lotion. You can also take up to 200,000 IU of vitamin D to decrease the damage.
And make sure to see a doctor if things get worse or if you get blisters!