Donal Logue, actor from “Vikings” and “Sons of Anarchy” has been battling with skin cancer. “Now that I’ve had skin cancer, I know I have to be extra-vigilant in the future: to check for new spots, to stay out of the sun if I can, to wear sunscreen when I can’t.” He continues by sharing his regrets, “Today, when I check my face in the mirror for new growths, I wish I could shake that young boy I once was — running around under the hot, desert sun without protection — for doing such ineradicable damage to his future skin.”
Never Say Never Ever Again
The World Health Organization estimates that as much as three million people are affected by skin cancers every year. It is a sad reality given that sun damaged skin can be easily prevented if only you would stop making these sunscreen mistakes:
1. You don’t wear sunscreen everyday. Don’t think that it’s too gloomy or, that you will only be staying indoors for the rest of the day. As long as the daylight comes, there’s UV lurking even in the shade. UV can get reflected on pavements and windows and still find its way to attack and damage your skin. So, everyday, no excuses, put on that sunscreen, and make sure that you’re using one with SPF 30 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB. If you could find one with IR (infrared) protection then, that will be so much better.
2. You only apply your sunscreen when you’re about to step out. These kinds of products need to be given time to activate. Most sunscreens will direct you to apply the product at least 15 minutes before stepping out into the open.
3. You forget to reapply throughout the day. Most daily sunscreens will have a potency that lasts for an estimated two hours or, a little over that. That means when it stays on your skin longer than that, it loses its effectiveness. So, make sure to reapply your sunscreen as indicated in the labels. If you wear makeup everyday and it gets in the way of your cover, consider getting yourself a spray on sunscreen instead.
4. You don’t wear the right kind of sunscreen that complements your activity. Some people find a sunscreen and stick with it through thick and thin —Wrong! Your daily sunscreen will serve your daily purpose and that is normal protection from UV. When you expect to be spending hours out on the beach and onto the shore, getting wet and sweating profusely at the same time, your daily sunscreen will be unfit for the job. For those occasions, you need a sunscreen with higher SPF, water resistant, require less frequent reapplication, and made for active wear.
5. You don’t read the labels. This is most specially important if you have sensitive skin. Practice becoming more aware about what you are putting on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use only sunscreens rid of harsh ingredients which are, generally, hard to find. For your sake, mineral sunscreens have been made. Try a sunscreen with only Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide as active sunscreen ingredients. Make sure there’s no alcohol and no fragrances.
6. You completely forget about antioxidants. Even the best neck firming cream reviews recommend the use of antioxidants. There is no sunscreen that will be able to give you 100 per cent sun protection. Adding in antioxidants helps you block out more of the sun plus, it also acts to neutralize free radicals.
7. You rely too much on your sunscreen. A proper sun care strategy involves actions other than applying sunscreen daily. Consider other ways to protect your skin from UV, including staying indoors most especially when the sun peaks, wearing your sunglasses to provide more protection for your eye, putting on clothes that cover a larger surface of your skin, and holding up an umbrella.
Sun protection is vital when skin aging is the subject of discussion. More importantly, however, sun protection should be integral to your daily health practices. After all, your skin is the largest organ you got, you only have one skin to live in, and you can’t shed it to replace it with another. Protect it now or, you will forever regret it.
Authors Bio :
I’m a post-graduate in English literature, a writer and beauty researcher @ Gorgeous Girl, with over a decade of experience researching and writing as a profession and as a passion. As a beauty blogger, I write articles on beauty and makeup related topics, including makeup tips, skincare issues, anti-aging issues, eyelash enhancers, Lip Plumpers and best make-up tips and tricks, and use the power of self-motivation in my writing.