Beware of the Sun - during mid day hours
If there is nothing else you do to take care of your skin, be sure to take proper precautions to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. The sun emits several different types of harmful radiation, including ultraviolet rays that are capable of burning or damaging our skin, and infrared radiation, which may be responsible for more long-term skin damage. Sun exposure is responsible for ninety percent of all lifetime medical skin damage such as skin cancer and tumors, and it is responsible for over eighty percent of all cosmetic skin damage such as wrinkles, premature aging, dryness, liver spots, and broken blood vessels.
Yet despite repeated warnings, most Americans continue to actively seek a tan in hopes of looking better and "healthier." Ironically, the "healthy" look of a sun tan today can translate into serious illness and disease in the future. When it comes to skin care, avoiding mid-day sun exposure is the single best thing you can do for the health and beauty of your skin. And with all of the wonderful sunscreens, sunless tanning creams and sun protection products currently available on the market, Americans should have less and less of an excuse to "worship the sun." The sun is beneficial to the skin during the early morning hours 30 minutes during sunrise and 30 minutes during sunset. Your body needs sunlight. The damaging rays occur 3 hours after sunrise till 1 hour before sunset. The skin needs at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight at least 2x daily in the morning and evening.
Skin Care Philosophy: Avoid excess sun exposure during the heat of the day by applying a natural sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to the skin everyday. Wear protective clothing such as loose, long-sleeved shirts and wide brimmed hats for extra protection. Avoid tanning booths and tanning beds. If necessary, use sunless tanners to brighten skin and replace a natural sun tan
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