Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of radiation. UV rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. Protection from excessive sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach; UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature. Choose products that are non-chemical, protect against UVA/UVB damage and have an SPF no lower than 15.
While it is important to get some sun exposure during off-peak hours for health reasons, there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ tan. To provide color to pale skin, try tinted moisturizers or self tanners. Skip going out unprotected during the peak hours of 10AM to 3PM, because in addition to the risk of skin cancer, UV radiation (whether from the sun or from a tanning bed) can also cause the following:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Thinner, more translucent-looking skin
- Dry, rough, leathery skin
- Broken capillaries on the face
- Liver spots on the face, back of hands, arms, chest and upper back
- Spots or blemishes on the lower legs and arms
So be sure to protect yourself when heading outside. While you may miss having a deep summer tan now, you’ll appreciate having a lack of sun spots, wrinkles, and freckles for years to come.