• Kim Bresseleers

How To Protect Yourself From The Sun

Most people are only worried about sun protection in the summer or when they go on vacation. Even in the run-up to summer, the sun can already have a lot of strength, which can therefore be very treacherous. Did you know that when it is cloudy, 60 to 80% of the sun's rays come through the clouds? That is why it is very important to protect your skin. Below you can read some tips on 'how to protect yourself from the sun'!

Why is it important to protect yourself from the sun?

Exposure to the sun and using sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. It can also:

  • speed up skin aging (eg wrinkles, skin slackening).

  • cause permanent damage to your eyes.

  • lead to dehydration and heat extension.

  • cause blisters, headaches and sunstroke.

And still, people fail to take the necessary precautions!

Most people are only worried about sun protection in the summer or when they go on vacation. Even those first rays of sunshine in spring aren't as harmless as they seem. After winter, your skin is extra sensitive to the sun, because it has not yet built up sufficient protection of its own. This is why it is very important to protect yourself from the sun!

Some myths about sun exposure:

  • You can burn in summer or when the weather is warm.

  • Tanning is always safe as long as you don't burn.

  • You can't burn through glass.

  • Sunbeds are safer than exposure to the sun.

  • People with dark skin don't need to wear sun cream.

How to protect yourself from the sun?

  • Use sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy.

  • Apply at least 30 minutes before going outside. Many people don't start to lubricate until they feel their skin burn in the sun. At that moment, you are already too late.

  • Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water resistant and has a SPF of 30 or higher. The higher the SPF, the more protection it provides.

  • Reapply every 2 hours or every hour if you are swimming or sweating.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially between 10h00 and 16h00. This is when the sun ray's are the most intense.

  • Seek shade regularly.

  • Wear sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption, as these provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.

  • Wear a hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

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