A lot people will spend a fortune on cosmetics and skin care products just to make sure they look good. It may come as a surprise that protecting your skin does not need to be a financial burden and looking good can come naturally rather than forced through thick makeup. So let us look into the basics of skin care protection.
You need to know the basics about the skin because that is where it all begins. How can you just put chemicals on your skin without even knowing what happens within the skin? Unfortunately, it is something that a lot of people do in this health and beauty conscious society.
You may have noticed that when you stay under the sun for an extended amount of time your skin starts to darken. A lot of people consider this a sign of health, and that is why people go to the beach and sun bathe to get that beautiful tan look. Unfortunately, it is actually a sign that the skin cells are damaged due to extended exposure under the sun. Too much exposure can eventually lead to skin cancer and premature aging. It is temporary beauty that can leave a permanent damage.
The skin is made of epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. They work as a team to make sure that the skin is protected and health is maintained. If they are damaged, it is similar to a person cutting off a hand; they will still work, but not as efficient, and they will eventually run into a problem.
Moreover, too much sun exposure can cause that damage. There are ultraviolet rays, such UVA and UVB, from the sun that penetrate deep into the skin, causing damage internally, and not just externally. The worst are the UVA rays, because they cause damage deeper into the skin. The problem is that a lot of sunscreen creams protect the skin only from UVB rays.
A good way to minimize damage is by taking in antioxidants, easily available in fresh fruits and vegetables. To make sure that you get the most nutrients out of them try to wash them first before actually peeling them, and not afterwards.
This will ensure that the nutrients are not washed away. You should also avoid the sun, as much as possible. Wear caps, or bring umbrellas, to protect your skin. Do not stay too long under the sun, especially between the time of 10 am and 4 pm.
Next, look for sunscreens that include protection not only from UVB rays, but also from UVA. An SPF rating only protects the skin from UVB rays. That means there should be not just an SPF but also a PA rating. These are available, but make sure you look for it. The higher the rating, the more protected you are from the skin damage that the sun will cause.
So now you have the basics of skin care. If you follow these suggestions, you get to protect your skin at no extra cost. And remember: do not be carried away by the latest and newest skin care product, which might not really give additional protection.