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Ah... the Sun! We all worship the sun and love sunbathing.
Sunbathing is something that many of us look forward when the good weather arrives, and especially when going on holidays to sunny places.
But did you know that sunbathing was regarded as not fashionable until the twenties and that every women wanted to have pale, delicate skin?
All this was about to change when designer Coco Chanel emerged with bronzed skin in the middle twenties.
From then, the perception of having suntanned skin changed and has remained until today.
As we all know the purpose of sunbathing is to get a fabulous and perfect sun tan, mostly for vanity and because we think that it make us look healthier. But are you aware of the real damage that sun bathing can make to our skin?
First, let me give you a few facts about the sun.
The sun is the nearest star to Earth, is at least 4.500 millions years old and is completely made of gas with no solid surface.
The core has a very high temperature of more than 15 million degrees Kelvin. The sun's exterior is composed of the surface and the atmosphere. We can only see the exterior layer called photosphere, which has a temperature of about 6000C and some colder zones called sunspots with a temperature of 4000C.
Without the sun life would not be possible in our planet. Most of the light that we receive from the sun comes from the photosphere.
The energy that comes from the sun, reaches Earth in form of visible infrared and ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet sun rays are divided into three categories, based on their wavelength: UVA rays (320-400nm), UVB rays (280-320nm)and UVC (100-240nm). UVC rays don't reach the Earth surface because they are filtered by the Ozone layer.
For more interesting facts about the sun go to http://theplanets.org/the-sun/
UVA and UVB rays produce reactions in all skin layers. These rays penetrate the skin every time we are out in the sun or sunbathing, and the skin defends itself by stimulating more melanin production, which gives the skin a darker appearance called tan.
The sun is responsible for 90% of premature skin aging. The constant exposure to the sun produces changes in the skin such as:
As we can see there is a lot to consider before sun bathing, is it really worth it?
If after reading all this you are still not ready to give it up, there are some precautions that you should take. Find below few sunbathing tips.
Follow these sunbathing tips for the prevention of sunburned skin, pigmentation, loose skin and wrinkles.
1. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.2
2. When out in the sun, use always a broad spectrum sunscreen. Use a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays of at least SPF 15 or more. I love COUI moisturizing SPF 30. Find out why!
3. Re-apply sunscreen generously every two hours and every time after swimming.
4. Wear sun screen even in cloudy days.
5. Use sun protection clothing and hats.
6. Look for quality sunglasses that block the two types of sun rays.
7. Don't forget to drink plenty of water to re-hydrate the body.
8. Pay special attention to children protection; they are more sensitive to sunburn.
9. Don't forget that the best way to a safe tan is self-tanning. My favorite is Fake Bake Flawless.
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Cheer up! Not everything about the sun is bad news. It has its benefits as well:
1. The sun improve our mood
2. Helps with depression
3. Sunlight helps with the production of vitamin D
4. It has anti-inflammatory benefits for some skin diseases
5. Relieves rheumatic conditions
Please remember that if you go out in the sun or sunbathing you should take these precautions seriously, it can safe you a lot of regret in the future.