02-11-2017 | Dermatologist | Specific Care , Skin , Nutrition

Protect your skin from the sun all year round

Even in less sunny seasons we should remember to use sunscreen. Why? Because if we want to keep our skin healthy and without dark spots which are unsightly at best, we should protect our skin right the year round.

We love summer: long weekends and social events outdoors where we can relax in the open air and show off our tan. Living in a sunny climate, whether beside the sea or near the mountains, means we can really make the most of the outdoors. And it's also why we have to be cautious and remember to protect our skin.

How does the sun affect your skin?

According to the American Cancer Society, we need to differentiate between two types of solar radiation:

  • UVA rays: these make skin cells age and cause cellular DNA damage. They are associated with long-term skin damage and wrinkles and are also thought to play a role in some types of cancer.
  • UVB rays have somewhat more energy than UVA rays. They can directly damage skin cell DNA and are responsible for causing sunburn.

What benefits do we get from the sun?

It's not all bad news: among other things the sun makes us happy, energetic and helps the body by providing it with vitamin D. This is produced when the skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, which is why it’s also known as the ‘sunlight vitamin’. It aids the absorption of calcium and phosphorous and is very important for bone health.

Another peculiarity of vitamin D is that it influences our mood, as it is involved with the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters, low levels of which are linked to depression.

Include vitamin D in your diet

The sun isn't the only way you can get vitamin D - it's also present in our diet, in foods such as blue fish, dairy products, cereals, mushrooms and eggs.

It’s all about finding the right balance, i.e., knowing how to enjoy the sun without letting it hurt you. Don't let the sun's rays damage the collagen and elastin in your skin and cause dark spots and wrinkles. That's why you need to wear sunscreen every day. If you already have dark skin spots but want to stop them getting worse, you can use DSP-Cover Stick SPF 50+. So, to keep your skin healthy and lovely, remember to always have some sunscreen handy and ...enjoy beautiful skin!


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