There’s something calming about the sun. When you look out over a field that’s bathed with a golden hue, something just seems relaxing and right about it. It’s little wonder that so many people who go on holiday feel the same way and want some of that sunshine to bathe them too. However, too much of any one good thing is always bad for you. Your skin does need sunlight to produce vitamin D, but just half an hour a day of directly sunlight is enough for this to occur. Any longer than this results with dry and wrinkled skin. Your body just cannot replenish the hydration levels all over you skin as fast as it is lost. Don’t forget that your skin is the largest organ of the human body. So here’s how you can protect yourself from sun damage.
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Up the ante
The daily recommended water intake is around 3.5 liters. It’s the average number so depending on your weight you can increase or decrease this amount. However as summer is coming up rather quickly, you can do one simple thing. Increase your daily water intake by just 1 liter. This will accommodate most people and stop them from feeling dehydrated. If you live and work in the city, and are having to catch rush hour metro trains and hopping in and out of public transport above ground, you’re going to start sweating and really feeling the sunshine. Just a little more water will keep you thinking straight and prevent a heat stroke from happening too.
The dry weight
Our skin is actually quite a heavy part of our body. It can be around 15-20% of a person’s weight. So at the very least it’s going to weigh a few stone which is incredible when you think organs like the lungs weight just 3lbs. So what do you think is going to happen when you skin is dry and no longer has moisture to prop it up? It’s going to sag and of course, and this cause wrinkles to form as well. That’s why getting a dermaplane facial is rising in popularity as it’s a specific treatment that exfoliates and enhances the elasticity of your skin. You can also have this treatment done alongside a facial or a mask peel.
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That pesky heat rash
Sunburn is something that is obvious to most people because, well you can see it. However heat rash is slightly different as this occurs when sweat gets trapped in the pores. You begin to feel itchy and from the scratching, sweat and heat you can form a rash on your skin. This usually happens in crevices such as elbows, behind the knee and neck. What you can do to prevent this is to wear fewer layers, drink more water so the salt in your sweat doesn’t thicken the consistency too much and take a morning and noon shower.
Too much of a good thing is going to end up being bad for you. Although sunbathing is relaxing, the sunshine can get too much for your skin. Increase your general intake of water by 1 liter and you’ll be fighting off many things at once.