7 načina da zaštitite kožu od starenja uzrokovanim od sunca

Our skin, like the rest of us, ages. What that process looks like varies for each of us. Some changes are dictated by genetics. If your parents were constantly being mistaken for your siblings, there's a higher chance that you too will retain a youthful appearance into old age. Other changes are based on physics and biology. Gravity is constantly pulling on our bodies, and the collagen responsible for keeping skin firm and elastic breaks down over the years. Inevitably, our skin begins to droop and sag.

Yet there is something else that can can age our skin in far more dramatic and damaging ways. Yes, I'm talking about the sun. Heard of ultraviolet (UV) rays? They are a wavelength of light from the sun that wreaks havoc on our skin, and are the primary cause of dreaded wrinkles and liver spots. Luckily for us, we can manage our exposure to the sun to protect ourselves from its ill effects. The following methods are the 7 best ways to save your skin from sun aging.

             1. Avoid Exposure to Intense Sunlight 

Between the hours of 10AM and 3PM, the sun is positioned overhead in such a way that it's light is reaching you with minimal atmospheric interference. This is the worst time to be out in direct sunlight. Schedule your outdoor activities with this in mind. If you must go out, limit your unprotected exposure to 20-30 minutes max. It helps if you use Moisturizing Cream with UV Protection from Swiss Power.

Assuming Summer temperatures, that's about how long a fair skinned person can be exposed before visibly burning. It's also an estimate of how much sunlight would be needed to naturally get your daily dose of vitamin D. However, this varies depending on your skin tone and the time of year. In terms of skin aging, the less sunlight exposure, the better.

             2. Always Use Sunscreen

This applies to everyone, regardless of skin color. That 30 minute max applies to unprotected sun exposure. You can minimize the impact of UV rays on your skin health by simply applying sunscreen to your exposed areas every single day. For the best results, put it on 20 minutes before going out, and make sure to reapply every 2 hours.

Choose sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You'll be shielded from 97%, or more, of the UV rays you're exposed to.

             3. Wear Wide Brimmed Hats

A quick web search for the term "sun hat" will show you exactly what I mean here. The point of this headgear is to sufficiently shade your face and neck. Besides protecting your skin, this also helps protect your eyes. UV rays aren't any better for your sight than they are for you looks.

When choosing a sun hat, select one with a brim that extends a minimum of 5 inches out, all the way around for the good protection. A baseball cap is better than nothing, but it's only really meant to keep the sun out of your eyes. As for the material, pick something light and breathable like straw, so that your head bake when you wear it.

             4. Don't Tan

If you've ever stayed in the sun, or a tanning bed, long enough to change the shade of your skin, you did yourself more harm than good. Darkening of the skin due to heat, even when it doesn't hurt, is still a form of sun burn. In other words, when you sun bathe you are deliberately and permanently damaging your skin in the long term for cosmetic gains in the short term.

UV rays penetrate deep into the skin, breaking the collagen holding your skin firm. This guarantees that you will develop wrinkles. The more you expose yourself, the more you will have -- and the sooner they will develop. Moreover, those same rays trigger melanin production that leads to sun spots, aka unsightly liver spots. Tanning is the enemy of a youthful appearance over the long term.

             5. Cover Your Skin

If you've ever stayed in the sun, or a tanning bed, long enough to change the shade of your skin, you did yourself more harm than good. Darkening of the skin due to heat, even when it doesn't hurt, is still a form of sun burn. In other words, when you sun bathe you are deliberately and permanently damaging your skin in the long term for cosmetic gains in the short term.

UV rays penetrate deep into the skin, breaking the collagen holding your skin firm. This guarantees that you will develop wrinkles. The more you expose yourself, the more you will have -- and the sooner they will develop. Moreover, those same rays trigger melanin production that leads to sun spots, aka unsightly liver spots. Tanning is the enemy of a youthful appearance over the long term.

             6. Vitamin C

While there is no food that confers immunity to the sun's harmful effects, vitamin C does help. This nutrient contributes to the production of collagen, slowing the development of wrinkles. Vitamin C is easy to get in your diet, as it is present in foods ranging from vegetables like broccoli, to fruits such as oranges. Taking a supplement or using skin care products containing it will also get you what you need.

             7. Use Moisturizing Cream With UV Protection

Proper skin care involves more than simply protecting oneself from the sun. Skin needs to be kept moisturized to avoid a host of other problems. Sun screens tend to be one-trick ponies. They block UV rays, but provide no other benefits.  A Moisturizing Cream with UV protection from Swiss-Power is the best of both worlds, simultaneously guarding and nourishing your skin. Used in tandem with the other practices above, such a moisturizing cream will preserve your youthful appearance for as long as possible.

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