Skincare when in the Maldives
The sun can damage our skin, we all know that, so skincare when in the Maldives is important, even or especially, when there is a cool breeze. It’s that gentle breeze that lulls you into a false sense of security and before you know it you’re sunburnt. This can make the rest of your stay very uncomfortable. Exposure to the sun causes wrinkles, age spots and other problems, as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. We all want a tan it just needs to be done sensibly. Use a suntan lotion or cream with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply every two hours, more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Avoid the midday sun if possible, this is when the sun’s rays are strongest.
There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin, UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum or full-spectrum, suntan lotion is designed to protect you from both of these. UVA rays can age your skin prematurely, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. The best suntan lotion offers protection from all UV light. SPF is a measure of how well the suntan lotion deflects the UVB rays. Manufacturers calculate SPF based on how long it takes to sunburn skin that’s been treated compared with skin that hasn’t had any suntan lotion applied.
When thinking about your skincare in the Maldives use a lotion or cream on all skin surfaces that will be exposed to sun, such as your face, ears, hands, arms and lips. Also if you don’t have much hair on your head, apply to the top of your head or wear a hat.
Use suntan lotions or creams all year, but don’t let any product lull you into a false sense of security about sun exposure. The best way to manage your skincare when in the Maldives is a combination of shade, right clothes, suntan lotion and of course common sense.
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