The summer months in the U.A.E. tend to be rather hot, yet many of us can’t really avoid outdoors. Incorporating these simple tips in your daily routine will help your skin remain radiantly beautiful, all summer long!
UVA & UVB rays are known to cause sunburns, rashes & allergies, accelerate skin ageing & in some cases even lead to cataract & skin cancer. Sunscreens can definitely help keep you stay skin safe in the summer. If, your sunscreen is not broad spectrum i.e. does not provide protection against both UVA & UVB rays, it is high time that you get rid of it. Choose your sunscreen wisely! Toxic ingredients in sunscreens such as parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, oxybenzone, homosalate, octinoxate & retinyl palmitate, can do more harm to your skin than good. They adversely affect your endocrine system harming your body’s reproduction & developmental processes.
Using sunscreen with SPF within the range of 30-50, ideally on a daily basis. A good sunscreen delays ageing & sun damage, ensuring that your skin remains in an optimally healthy condition for a long time. Reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, which helps prevent sun-related skin damage, especially if you swim or sweat a lot. Using a lip-balm that has at least SPF 15, helps keep your lips moisturized. Tinted compacts & moisturizers with SPF can also give your skin that additional sun-protective edge.
Car windows can effectively filter UVB rays from the sun, however they are unable to filter out UVA rays. Spending more than a couple of hours in the car during the hot summer months could also lead to – sun burns, tans, freckles & irreversible skin damage.
Sunglasses with the right kind of UVA & UVB protection can help protect your eyes from sun damage. Wearing long-sleeved clothes can provide you that added layer of protection.
Healthy lifestyle choices such as consuming foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3, vitamins, etc. helps reduce oxidative stress caused due to sun exposure. Stubbing out smoking, which reduces elastin & collagen in the skin, also helps keep skin healthier. Make sure your meals contain sufficient servings of blueberries, melons, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts & seeds, alongside cups of green tea, to keep you going throughout the summer.
Regular skin evaluations can help rule out any skin related issues & immediately treat skin damage.
Dr. Amany A. Morshed
MBBS, Masters in Dermatology and Venereology
Specialist Cosmetic Dermatologist at Aster Clinic, Arabian Ranches and Aster Beauty Clinic, Al Warqa
Address: Aster Clinic: Arabian Ranches, The Ranches Souk, 1st Floor Emaar Mall - Dubai | Aster Beauty Clinic: Al Warqa - Dubai