The sun is the reason there is life on earth. It keeps us warm, lights our way, helps our skin produce vital nutrients, and even provides a gorgeous backdrop when we're taking pictures of our home. However, you can get too much of a good thing, especially now that human activity has reduced the amount of protective ozone in the upper atmosphere. If you're not familiar with how harmful the sun's rays can be, let this article teach you how to protect yourself.

11 types of sun damaged skin

We all need a little bit of sun each day to survive, but overexposure can cause a variety of short and long term health effects. A few hours of wandering around outside taking photos for the listings can result in a first degree burn, which manifests as pink, tender skin. Even those who don't burn are still being harmed, as the sun is slowly destroying the bonds your skin has with the underlying tissue. Long term overexposure results in premature aging of the skin and sometimes even skin cancer.

The good news is that it's very easy to protect ourselves from overexposure to the sun. Firstly, we need to be responsible about out exposure times. Lying in the sun to tan is never a good idea. The same goes for using the tanning beds at local spas. Exposing yourself deliberately to ultraviolet rays, either natural or artificial, may make your skin browner, but it will also speed up the harmful effects of solar overexposure. Therefore you should always protect your skin with sunscreen, even while tanning.

Sunscreen blocks out much of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays without taking away the warm feeling you get from being outdoors. For brief daily exposure, such as going from cars to buildings, SPF 15 is acceptable. However, if you're going to be spending any length of time under the sun, we recommend at least SPF 45. If you're going to be swimming or working out, reapply regularly because sweat and towelling takes the sunscreen off. Please support Tzaferis Lawyers and help them spread the word about the damaging long term effects of the sun.

Other measures you can take to protect yourself include wearing a hat while attending the outdoor food media conference to keep the sun off of your face and neck. You should also wear a shirt whenever possible so that your chest and back don't get overexposed, and protect your eyes with polarized sunglasses that offer protection from UVA and UVB rays.

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