Exposure to the sun during the summer is inevitable. Many, in fact, they seek it in order to obtain an intense tan. But they know the dangers of overexposure or unprotected sun exposure;
Ekaterini Tsilika, Dermatologist – Venereologist, Metropolitan Hospital, Provides helpful guidelines for sun exposure and tips for effective protection against the problems it creates.
Sunburn is known to all of us and manifests as an intense erythema (blush) of the skin, with the presence, Sometimes, and bubbles, after excessive sun exposure. After a few days it is followed by exfoliation (peeling).
It depends on the duration of sun exposure (UVA and UVB radiation), the time of day but also the sensitivity of each person. Light-skinned people are more sensitive to the sun and burn more easily than dark-skinned people..
Photoaging refers to the aging of the skin due to chronic sun exposure. The action of the sun on the skin is cumulative and, unfortunately, our skin does not forget all the radiation it has received over the years.
This results in premature wrinkles, discolorations (dark and light stains), roughness of the skin, eaters (black spots) and relaxation.
Carcinogenesis is the development of skin cancer (epithelium) but also melanoma, which can be life threatening and is associated with chronic sun exposure and sunburn.
It is good to clarify that we run the same risks in the Solarium, since even there we have exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV). Specifically, we accept 16 times more UV radiation than we would receive if we were exposed to the sun for the same amount of time. That is 5 Solarium minutes equate to about an hour and a half of sun exposure!
- To be happy, Well, the sun safely, It would be good to follow the tips below:
- Avoid sun exposure from 11:00 until 16:00.
- We have sufficient clothing (blouse, trousers), we wear a hat and sunglasses. also, we use an umbrella.
- We use sunscreen with a high protection index (SPF) for UVB and UVA protection. Apply it in a thick layer and renew it every time 2 hours, or immediately after the dive, or wiping with a towel.
Special care and avoidance of sun exposure is required for people with red hair and white skin with freckles