The sun is a mighty element of nature. It provides vitamin D and natural daylight that aids in photosynthesis for plants. However, no matter how beneficial sun is, it still has some downsides, especially in our skin. As we already discussed previously, protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a must nowadays. What we’ll feature now is how to actually stay beautiful under the sun. But before that, let’s get to know more about sun first:
- 90% of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots on skin are caused by sun damage and could have been prevented.
- UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths that are invisible to the naked eye. These wavelengths are classified as:
- UVA – longest, main cause of sunburn
- UVA I-340-400 nanometers
- UVA II-320-340 nanometers
- UVB – 290 to 320 nm
- UVC – shortest, absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth
- UVA – longest, main cause of sunburn
Now, how exactly do we protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun?
Sunscreen – To make sure you’re getting effective UVA as well as UVB coverage, look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. SPF, or sun protection factor, states a number to measure a sunscreen’s effect against UVB rays.
You may see the phrases multi spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection on sunscreen labels, and these all indicate that some UVA protection is provided.
All natural! An all-natural one that uses zinc oxide to reflect and scatter both UVA and UVB rays.
To figure out how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:
Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time
For example, if you burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning. But before you grab your calculator and head for the beach, you should know that this equation is not always accurate. People usually use far less sunscreen than the amount used in testing. In the real world, the average outdoors person uses half the amount of sunscreen used in the laboratory, which could result in a sunburn in half the time.
Everyday, let the suncreen absorb for 15-20mins before going out. Some suncreens have labels that you don’t have to wait for 15 minutes anymore. It differs, but check your sunscreen’s labels to be sure.
WEBMD: Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
Wear sunglasses with total UV protection.
Wear wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved shirts and pants.
That’s it! A brief information about the sun and how we can get protected from its rays.
Here are some beauty regimen suggestions and makeup tips to stay beautiful under the sun. Beauty Regimen from Zinnia of StyleCraze suggests:
- Splash cold water on the face after returning home to soothe the skin.
- Apply cold aloe Vera gel on the skin in massaging motion so that it gets soaked into the skin.
- Apply a cooling rose water or non-alcoholic ph balanced toner to give final relief to the skin.
- Rose water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. It is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume.
- Try not to go out in the direct sun for at least 24 hours.
- Another effective tip on skin protection from sun is by applying some organic face packs such as cucumber, potato, and lemon juice, as well as scrubs.
For some makeup tips:
Rissa M. Trillo on her column, Style SOS in The Philippine Star’s Lifestyle: Fashion and Beauty section, suggests a bright lipstick to instantly brighten the face, paired with shades or trendy sunglasses to give off that celebrity or model off-duty vibe. Another tip from Congresswomen Ms. Lucy Torres-Gomez for getting a good coverage minus the flakes especially when face is peeling, is to cleanse, tone, and apply cream and sunscreen. According to her, the key to staying beautiful is moisturizing, because it will make for a smooth canvas.