We love a tint of radiance on our skin – let’s be honest, who doesn’t? But are you aware of what you’re truly exposing your skin to when you’re spending too many hours in the sun?
The heat might feel nice on the skin, and the tan might make you look luminous – but what goes beyond all the effects we love about a high UV level? In this blog post, we’re taking a deep dive into the potential dangers of having too much fun in the sun.
THE RISKS BEHIND THE TAN
The damaging effects of too much sun exposure are well-documented. However, many seem to falsely believe that if the damage can’t be seen with the naked eye, it isn’t there.
Some of the superficial and more common effects of excessive sun exposure are light sunburns, blisters, and rashes caused by heat. These types of reactions can also be delayed and are often followed by pain and itchiness.
Even if your skin doesn’t tend to immediately react to the sun’s rays, and sunburns and blisters aren’t a common concern of yours, the damage you’re putting your skin through might catch up to you as time goes by.
This is because UV rays gradually break down collagen and elastin in the skin, thereby reducing its firmness and often leaving it with a more dry and rough appearance. Moreover, this change will leave the skin more prone to developing wrinkles, fine lines, and other aging signs – prematurely.
This, however, is not the only permanent change in the skin caused by UV exposure. Actually, the sun is a known cause of hyperpigmentation and is also known as a leading cause of skin cancer.
Keep in mind: We’re not trying to scare you away from the sun. Sunlight has multiple benefits, as it has been known to effectively boost our moods – and let’s be honest, nothing beats a day in the sun with the ones you love or a good book.
What we’re saying is simply that covering up when enjoying a day out is unnegotiable – and did you know that SPF is only the third most important form of sun protection? This crucial step is actually overtaken by shadow and clothing, which is why these precautions are (at least) as important as fortifying your skin with sunscreen. All in all: Make sure to take these safety measures into account to make sure you’re not gathering up any unpleasant surprices when catching vitamin D (AKA sun damage).
And let’s be honest – applying SPF is so much more fun when you’re in love with the formula and its ingredients – learn how to pick the right SPF for your needs in our blogpost HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUNSCREEN.
REACTIONS THAT CAN RUIN THE FUN
A long day in the sun might sound relaxing, but if you haven’t been convinced yet, taking the right precautions is more than necessary to ensure that the day stays fun, as dehydration and heat strokes unfortunately are common immediate effects of high temperatures.
Heat strokes often show themselves as cramps, dizziness, nausea, and a feeling of exhaustion, before they can lead to fainting. These reactions can damage both the brain and other organs and even have life-threatening consequences, which is why they should be taken very seriously.
Dehydration is an effect of more water being led out of our body than into our body, causing a hydration imbalance. The common signs of dehydration are dizziness, a dry mouth, and tongue, as well as increased thirst. These symptoms can also lead to nausea and fainting, which is why you should stay alert if you begin to feel them on a hot day.
The takeaway is that drinking plenty of water and seeking shadow regularly are musts to care for both your own and your skin’s well-being.
KEEP YOUR COMPLEXION BOUNCY WITH PREVENTIVE MEASURES
With the sun as a prominent accelerator of premature signs of aging, preventive products can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your complexion youthful and healthy.
Switch out your regular moisturizer with a protective and treating one, such as our Vitamin A Treatment Cream. With the powerful ingredient vitamin A as the main character in the formulation, this treating cream effectively firms the skin while boosting cell regeneration as well as the skin’s natural collagen production to help prevent and reverse premature signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.
If the damage has been done, and you’re now dealing with a painful sunburn, reach for Intense Hyaluronic Mask. Made with soothing aloe vera and intensely hydrating hyaluronic acid, this formulation will work to counteract irritations while leaving the skin smooth and supple.