How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. This week, we’re going to be talking about how to protect your skin from the sun!

A Dermatologist's Guide to Sun Protection and Sunscreen for Summer | Allure
Source: Allure

So, the sun, that flaming ball of gas a hundred million miles away from us, can be a problem at times. I know, as I write, the sun is not much of a problem in Vancouver, but for people in the warmer climates, it can be a disaster. And specifically, I’m talking about the skin.

Apparently, the sun is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, and also directly causes wrinkles. So, you need to know how to protect your skin from the sun. Get out your biology books, y’all!

The top of your skin is made of dead cells, which we don’t have to worry about. Underneath those cells is a layer called the dermis, which is made of collagen fibers. There are also elastin fibers, which are, you guessed it, elastic. Well, they should be, anyway. 

These fibers make your skin bounce right back when you stretch your skin, and these also die when the sun’s rays hit them. What happens next? Well, your skin loses its elasticity, and boom! Wrinkles!

So you can see why it’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. There are three big things you can do to make sure your skin stays fresh and young. 

1. Sunscreen

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The spray-ons, the creamy ones, the green ones… as long as the SPF is 30-50, you can use any sunscreen you like. However, it is impossible to block 100% of the sun rays, so make sure you also use…

2. Hat

Let’s face it – baseball hats don’t work. And those thin-rimmed bucket hats look stupid. Especially when you end up with a round tan around your neck even though you’re wearing a hat for so long that your hair has already taken a shower. Hats should do more for your skin than fashion, and that’s why they should be nice and big and be able to block the rays from your whole head and neck. Here’s a prime example:

Store: 4-Leaf Stationery

See how this hat actually WORKS?! And it’s so much cheaper than them bucket heads. For only $7.49, you could get your hands on a pretty hat that actually protects your skin.

3. Clothing

Wear long-sleeved breathable clothing if you’re out in the sun. Preferably, it should be dark, but you would no doubt suffocate in the heat right then and there if you went out in long-sleeved black shirts and black pants on a 40 degree summer day. Instead, put on some UV protection arm sleeves that let airflow through your T-shirt so you can stay sane in the sun. 

Store: 4-Leaf Stationery

And lastly,

4. Water

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Drink lots of water! Keep your skin and body hydrated so you don’t shrivel up like a raisin. It will also keep you cool and keep you alive… 

This is an obvious one, but if you ever forget your water bottle on a beach trip, you will pay dearly (resort water is very expensive, you know).

Protect Your Skin From the Sun, but Don’t Avoid the Sun Entirely!

So those are your tips! Don’t avoid the sun like a vampire, though, because you need that Vitamin D to keep your bones nice and strong. Don’t worry, the sun won’t kill you as long as you’re on earth. Keep calm, go to the beach, and spray on that sunscreen!

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