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Sun protection even in August

Sun protection

Sun protection even in August

August, the ultimate vacation month For the most, and if they are not multi-day, at least there are short ones as well beach getaways. Sun protection

But beware of the sun, because even in August, even if we are exposed to the sun, a lot of protection is required.
In the first days, you need a very high protection index and controlled "doses" of sunbathing, which you will gradually increase over time. Protect your facial skin from free radicals by choosing sunscreen products with antioxidant substances.

Sun protection

Αν έχετε λιπαρή επιδερμίδα, διαλέξτε ένα αντηλιακό προϊόν oil-free. Μια λιπαρή σύνθεση μπορεί να φράξει τους πόρους και να προκαλέσει σπυράκια. Μην ξεχνάτε τις ευάλωτες περιοχές του προσώπου, όπως τα χείλια. Προστατέψτε τα επιπλέον με ένα εξειδικευμένο αντιηλιακό για lips.

The first application of the sunscreen should be done about 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.
Reapply your sunscreen every two hours or every time you get out of the water, even if you're using a waterproof product. In general, water, salt, sweat and friction with the towel weaken by 30% – 50% the protection offered by sunscreens.

For an even color that lasts, gradually increase the time of exposure to the sun and make sure to systematically moisturize your skin every day before, during and after sunbathing. The natural protection index offered by the bronze color does not exceed SPF4.

Avoid sunbathing from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., when the sun's rays fall vertically.

Wear your sunscreen while swimming. The sun's rays penetrate the water even one meter below its surface. Wear sunscreen even when it's cloudy, even under an umbrella.

If you are on birth control there is a high chance that the sun will cause hot flashes. Choose a product with a high protection index and enriched with ingredients that balance the overproduction of melanin.

If you already have freckles, it's a good idea not to overdo it with scrubs when you plan to sunbathe.

In last year's sunscreen, the protection index is reduced, so it does not offer you the same protection.

Sun protection

Beware of staying in the sun for too long. Overdosing on the sun and abstaining for five days does not ensure an even tan that lasts. On the contrary, it causes skin problems, increases the risk of burns and causes the skin to darken in places with a tendency to show spots (in the areas that are more exposed, such as the face).

Valuable protection rules:

  • Start with short periods of sun exposure of 5 to 10 minutes twice a day. Gradually increase your time in the sun.
  • Do not expose yourself to solar radiation during peak hours when the sun is very strong (12:00 – 16:00)
  • Always use a sunscreen with an indicator, depending on your skin type.
  • During sunbathing take care of your constant hydration by drinking water, juices and tea and avoiding soft drinks.
  • After sunbathing, the best is a cool shower, which will remove the residues from the oil or sunscreen, as well as the salt from the sea. After showering it is recommended to use a good moisturizing lotion all over the body to prevent dryness.
  • If you find that your skin becomes very dry and fragile after sun exposure, use one daily moisturizing lotion.
  • Finally, don't forget your hat and glasses.

Dr. Vladeni Tania, Dermatologist, PhD, University of Thessaly School of Medicine, Director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Hospital.