of sun exposure can devastate and dramatically age even the
finest and healthiest of skins. Fair skin gets parchment-thin
with freckling, dilated broken capillaries, age spots, and
rough, red patches. Those with brown skins have a decade's
grace before they start wrinkling, but even they do not get
unscathed. Dark skin becomes coarse-looking with deep furrows.
The sun's cancer-causing UV-B rays are, for the most part,
blocked by the ample stores of melanin in dark skin. But the
longer UV-A rays, which may not directly promote cancer but
do cause wrinkling, penetrate to the dermis regardless of
Below given points will be of help in Summer.
You need sunscreen throughout the year, more especially
in a country like India where the sun reigns high no matter
what the season. Apply about a teaspoon of sunscreen for your
face, two tablespoons for your entire body.
While you buy a lotion check the label for one or both
of these tried-and-true ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium
dioxide. Titanium di oxide or zinc oxide also offer more UV-A
protection. And because they aren't absorbed, they are well
suited to sensitive skin.
works only while it's on your skin. Sweat can melt it; a handkerchief
can rub it off. Re-apply your lotion every hour or two-even
if it's water proof.
vitamin rich foods- large amounts of vitamin C and E seem
to make skin more resistant to burning. So do carotenoids
(found in green and yellow fruits and vegetables). Include
plenty of foods that are rich in these nutrients in your diet.
protective headgear, or, carry an umbrella with you always.
avoid (if you can) the sunshine when it's at its most intense,
from ten to four. Plan outdoor activities for early morning
or late afternoon. Summer will still find you.