It is now known that exposure to the sun on the one hand supports vitamin D composition, but indiscriminate exposure can cause premature ageing, malignancies and disfigurations of the skin and, at younger ages, enhances the possibility for developing melanoma.
The use of sunscreens of high index is considered necessary. There are many who use sunscreens but do not renew them every two hours as they should. Sunscreen should be applied on the face and body half an hour prior to exposure and be renewed every time we come out of the sea or the pool. This applies even to the ones described as waterproof.
There are sunscreens of synthetic and natural filters on the market. Synthetic filters, depending on the substances they contain, require some care as by absorbing UV rays they may cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin and mucus membranes, causing dermatities and skin flaking. The problem is aggravated when they block the protective mechanisms of the skin resulting in the skin becoming even more sensitive.
On the other hand, sunscreens of natural filters cannot offer specific result since their protection indexes are not fully definable. There are protection indexes even for cosmetics with natural protection filters which reflect radiation.
It is better to begin with high protection indexes and synthetic sunscreens, depending on the type of our skin and in the process to decrease the indexes and go on with sunscreens of natural protective indexes. We should restrict our exposure to the sun, particularly between 12 noon and 4 in the afternoon. Refrain from sudden exposure to the sun during the hours of intense sunshine and wear hats and light coloured clothes.
Sunburn is usually accompanied with reddening of the skin, itching, with or without tiny boils, even pain. First aid include cold dressings, even ice wrapped in a towel, special lotions which assuage the skin and obviously no further exposure even when redness and itching appear to subside. In cases of extensive damage it is better to refer yourselves to a dermatologist, since such damages, more than often, require systematic treatment.
A good summer is one when our complexion has a good time as well!!!