So I think the vast majority of you will agree that when the Sun comes out you whip your bikini on and try and catch a lovely golden tan?
But do you think to consider Sun Screen first? I’ve heard people saying ” I don’t wear Sun Screen as I won’t be able to get a tan” Think to yourself Why do I actually want a tan? because it makes me look better? Healthier? A tan is not a healthy thing to have. It is just your body’s natural reaction to Sun Damage as when the UV rays hit the surface of your skin your skin reacts by producing more melanin.
“The tan occurs because your skin actually makes more melanin pigment granules and spreads them out in the living layer of your skin. This means that it does give you a small amount of sun protection, but at the expense of DNA damage.”
Sun damage also ages your skin by destroying the Elasticity therefore making you more prone to wrinkles.
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
Just because you can’t see your shadow doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s damaging rays. Believe it or not, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog.
People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily
I do agree with the fact that it makes you LOOK healthier although in fact it is the complete opposite. I myself hate my pale skin as mentioned in my Previous Post I wear Self Tan all year round. It’s cheap, easy and it doesn’t harm your skin.
There are so many different brands of Sun Screens now, even most of your everyday foundations or Moisturisers contain some kind of SPF. And if your foundation doesn’t contain SPF, mix a bit in. So really is there any excuse for sun damage?
I fell victim to not wearing any Sun cream myself. This is why I feel so strongly about Sun Protection as I didn’t realise the damage It could actually do.
The following pictures were taken over approximately 5-7 days. I came back from my Holiday in Greece where I did wear Sun Screen everyday! Came home, sunbathed in my garden about a week later where I thought the Sun wasn’t even as strong as where I had just come from. Woke up the following morning to blisters on my nose, cheeks and chin. And a slight blister / bump on my forehead.
Day 2 my eyes are starting to swell up and close. The skin surrounding the blisters has turned red. Also at this point the blisters were starting to burst.
Day 3 my eye wouldn’t open any further than that at this point! My skin was very taut and I struggled to even move any of my facial muscles
Day 4 by now the skin was a very angry looking red and the blisters were starting to dry up and crack / bleed.
Day 5 it was slowly starting to become less red.
I tried everything possible to relieve the pain and the tightness in my face, even covering my face with Cucumber haha.
Ice cubes, after sun, various moisturisers but everything I seemed to try just stung and was so unbearably painful. The only things that seemed to work after about 5 days was Aloe Vera Gel and Aqueous cream.
So please do make sure that when you go out into the sun, to wear an SPF. I always wear a Factor 50 on my face now and at least 30 on my body. A tan is not worth it!
Thank you for reading.