Getting Too Much Sun in the Summer May Damage Your Skin

We all know that the sun gives off ultraviolet rays which are invisible to the human eye and penetrate into deep layers of the skin. Exposure to too many UV rays for an extended period of time results in sun burns that kill skin cells. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “people who do not have much melanin and get sunburnt easily should protect themselves.” The sun’s rays are the strongest between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Your skin will burn faster during brunch time, than other times of day, but UV rays are capable of burning the skin at any time of day. 

In a recent article published by Cancer Fighters Thrive, 8 sun-safety myths are highlighted. Getting the correct dosage of sun is important. Too much sun can easily lead to painful burns and, in severe sunburn cases, symptoms like nausea, headache, fever, dizziness and chills. 

The list of myths begins with the wide misperception on SPFs. Sunscreen brands and the beauty industry promote and assure consumers on the significantly more protection higher SPFs give. According to the article, “a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will block 97 percent of the sun’s rays; higher SPFs, while more expensive, will block only slightly more of the sun’s rays, but not 100%.” 

People should self-inform about proper skin care and protection. Often sunscreens with super-high SPFs lead consumers to believe that the protection lasts longer than it truly does. There are also mildly hazardous ingredients in some that should be avoided as well such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.  Everyone should be aware that it’s likely to still get a sunburn on an overcast cloudy day, “because many people neglect to cover up on cloudy days, this is when some of the worst sunburns occur.” As well, it is important to note that not all clothing is created equally. The color and thickness of your clothes affect the absorption of UV rays. 

The National Cancer Institute (NIH) says that skin cancer can affect anyone. Any skin tone is capable of getting skin cancer. Most victims are people with fairer skin who burn easily and perhaps burned badly on occasions as a child. However the NIH stands firm: “even people who don’t burn are at risk for skin cancer. You are at risk for skin cancer. Being in the sun or using tanning beds constantly can damage your skin.”

Ultimately, the cause of skin damage is too much exposure to UV rays. Scars and skin ulcers may increase your risk of getting skin cancer.

Photobiomodulation and unique red light wavelength penetrate into skin cells and ATP in the mitochondria. Activating the mitochondria powers cells to do what they do best: heal, rejuvenate, and repair damage. Whole body red light therapy may heal your scars, produce collagen and regenerate healthy body cells that contribute to healthier skin and complexion.

You may choose to get micro or  chemical peels to rejuvenate your skin. Often, the redness and soreness leads to 1-3 days of downtime. Laying within a photobiomodulation light pod will eliminate the redness and soreness and allow you to resume business as usual with zero-downtime.

It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Reapply sunscreen SPF 30 or more every hour. Wear dark color thicker fabrics during extended sessions outside cloud or shine. Sun damage can be reduced with red light therapy which will help you boost your skin’s natural healing process to lessen and repair the damage caused by absorbing too many UV rays.

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