With summer just around the corner, sun protection is on the top of everyone’s skincare list. Year-round sun protection is necessary to avoid premature signs of aging and hyperpigmentation that can appear as a sign of sun damage from UV Rays and UVB Radiation. However, with increased outdoor activities, we become more susceptible to these skin issues during the warmer months of the year.
Sun damage can have a major impact on skin, both seen and unseen. Not all damage is visible. Some of the most severe damage can only be seen with UV photography. However, dermatologists are trained to pick up on subtle changes in skin and to see warning signs of sun damage ranging from wrinkles and fine lines to skin cancer.
There are multiple methods and products out here that help to protect your skin from the sun, so how do you choose what works for you? We’ve made a list to help you out:
1. Know your sunburn risk
Sunburns are not only painful, but your risk of skin cancer increases with every sun burn you get. While people of every skin tone are susceptible to sun burns, people with more melanin or darker skin tones are less likely to burn. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to wear sunscreen. Protection should be applied daily as part of your skin regimen regardless of your melanin level and regardless of the level sun. UV rays can penetrate.
2. Wear Protective Accessories
Accessories like hats and sunglasses can be a fun and stylish way to keep your face protected from the sun’s rays. A wide-brimmed hat can instantly make any outfit feel more chic and provide much needed shade to your scalp, forehead, and the tops of your ears. Those areas are often forgotten when it comes to applying protection and are also where many skin cancers develop.
The ideal sunglasses cover the skin around your eyes and have polarized lenses with UV filters. Choose shades that have regular lenses as opposed to mirrored lenses which look great, but can bounce UV light onto your cheeks.
3. Layer up on Sun Protection
The easiest way to ensure you’re getting the best amount of sun protection in your skincare regiment is to make sure each step contains product that has protective ingredients. At minimum, you want to use products with Zinc Oxide or some other sun protectant to avoid excessive need for reapplication.
4. Carry your sun protector with you on-the-go
Tossing a sun protector into all of your bags or your vehicle’s glove box is a great way to make sure you’re never stuck without UV protection and you can reapply protection as needed. According to Elle.com, reapplying every two hours and after a swim or excessive sweating is necessary for maximum protection. The best face moisturizer not only provides great coverage throughout the day, but the consistency is also creamy enough that it won’t spill.
This Moisturizer can be reapplied multiple times to maintain moisture and protection without leaving skin feeling greasy. AVYA Skincare combines ancient ayurvedics with some of the most innovative skincare technology to bring you products that penetrate deep within to give you healed, healthy and radiant skin. Our Day Moisturizer contains our signature blend of ancient botanical extracts:
- Used in India for centuries, Neem reduces redness and inflammation and relieves dry or itchy skin. This intensely hydrating ingredient is an effective emollient that aids in the infusion and retention of moisture
- Turmeric is a member of the ginger family derived from plants indigenous to India. It has properties that protect and heal UV damage and is also an antibacterial.
- Peony is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with properties that fight against free radical damage and slow signs of aging. Peonies contain paeonol, a compound that increases skin’s natural defense mechanisms and aids in cell regeneration, leading to more toned and firmer skin.
To seal the deal and prevent sun damage, we’ve included Zinc Oxide to combat UV Rays and Beet Root to fight free radicles that can increase signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Our Morning Refresh Set contains two of the most important steps in your morning routine, a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer with the added benefit of sun protection. As noted in InStyle Magazine, cleansing your skin every morning prepares your skin for moisturizers and sunscreens.