• Kim Bresseleers

Spring is here: this is how you protect yourself from the sun

The weather will be beautiful the upcoming days so we can fully enjoy the spring sun. Still, those first rays of sunshine 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.

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. By the way, 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.

Because your skin is exposed to little to no sun in the winter, it is wise to let your skin get used to the spring sun slowly. Build up the amount of sun on your skin and if you spend more time in the sun, apply some sun cream. It is also important to always wear good sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV radiation.

So staying unprotected in the sun is not a good idea.

  • It causes premature skin aging (eg wrinkles, skin slackening).

  • It provides more pigmentation spots.

  • The sun increases the risk of skin cancer.

Tips to protect you from the spring sun:

  • Always use a sunscreen with SPF: The higher the SPF, the more protection the cream provides.

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

  • Use enough sun cream. In addition, it is also important to apply again after 2 hours.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during midday hours (noon - 4 pm).

  • Seek shade regularly or wear a hat.

Can you still use your sun cream from last year? First of all, check the expiration date. The number of months that it stays good after opening is indicated by a number and the letter 'M' of months. If it has expired, the harmful UV radiation can still affect your skin. The way you store your sunscreen is also important. Always close the product tightly and store it in a dry room at room temperature.

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