Avoid sinister sun damage this upcoming summer

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Avoid sinister sun damage this upcoming summer

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Kaleigh Hamm, Student Writer

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With the school year gradually coming to an end and the weather slowly becoming warmer, summer is on the horizon, with many students planning to take to the beach as soon as the last school bell rings. This activity, however, poses the formidable danger of sunburn. How can one lie in the sun while simultaneously combating the skin damage which its rays invoke? Gia Mazur from the Lifestyles Department of Times Tribune and dermatology-certified physician’s assistant Kara Cordaro take you through various pieces of advice in order to stay healthy this summer season.

How should you prepare when spending a day in the sun?

The most obvious precaution to take when stepping into the hot sun is applying sunscreen; however, one must take care to cover him/herself completely, from head to toe. Every inch of skin exposed to the sun should be covered with sunscreen in order to establish the best possible defense against ultraviolet (UV) rays. Cordaro also suggests that sunbathers wear a hat in order to avoid sun damage to the more sensitive parts of their bodies, such as the scalp, ears, and back of the neck. Not only does the hat prevent burns to vulnerable areas, but it also protects sun-touched persons’ hair if it has been color-treated prior to their day on the beach.

What spots are typically missed when using sun protection?

Cordaro notes that when applying sunscreen, most individuals believe the nose and the back are the most important parts of the body to protect from UV rays; however, they tend to forget sensitive areas, such as the lips, eyes, and toes. Sun lovers should invest in sun-specific products, such as SPF-containing chapstick and sunglasses which are polarized for eye protection. Although these items may be pricey, the cost is justified when the body is spared from sun-induced damage.

How does one reverse sun damage?

Although one is unable to reverse the damage the sun has caused to his or her skin, it is never too late to start applying sunscreen in order to avoid any more solar disasters. Even if one is not spending a day hiking or relaxing on the beach, it is important to wear sunscreen daily in order to bypass high exposure to UV rays. Prior to going outside, individuals should advantage of antioxidants such as vitamin C, as they can help to prevent sun damage, brighten their skin tone, and stimulate collagen production. However, if one does end up getting burnt, exfoliating will help to remove dead, sun-damaged skin and allow for healthier skin cells to rise to the surface.