Preventing Sun Damage: A Guide To Your UVs

Preventing Sun Damage

Sun damage is responsible for a major part of skin aging. For Korean women, their major skincare tip is to avoid coming in direct contact with the sun, no matter what. Even with that, they slather their bodies with products to prevent any damage from the sun rays.

There are two types of sun rays that get to us here; the UVA and the UVB. The UVA is responsible for skin aging while the UVB is responsible for skin burning. The worst part is that these rays can penetrate through clouds, glass windows and most clothing. That means that cloudy days don’t stop the sun from getting to your skin and neither does staying indoors or covering your body.

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How To Protect Yourself From Sun Damage

• Wear spf daily irrespective of season or weather. Make sure your sunscreen is labelled ‘broad spectrum’; this means it can protect you from both harmful rays.

• Avoid coming in direct contact with the sun rays as much as you can. The general rule is between 10am and 2pm when the rays are strongest.

• Re apply your sunscreen as often as you can, preferably every two hours. This is even more important if you’re sweating or swimming.

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If at any time you notice a sun burn, apply aloe vera gel to it immediately. You can use a gel or the juice squeezed directly from the aloe plant. A sun burn that isn’t treated can expose you to even worse skin issues.