Keep your skin young.

I’ve been living in Australia for twelve years now, in Queensland. There are many things that I have observed here that the Australians probably haven’t noticed themselves as they probably have become accustomed to it. The one thing that pointed out to me was the amount of wrinkles. Ladies and men looked older than they really were. At first I thought that it was just hereditary. After further research though, I can confidently say that it’s the over exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. If you ever visit Australia, or if you live in Australia, you’ll notice that the sun shines brighter here, more intensely. I recently went back to South Africa for a visit and noticed that the sun had dimmed down a few notches, which reflected a smooth yellow colour, not like Australia, where it reflects an intense white. (Take care of your skin in Africa too though!)

God commanded humans to Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. So we need to take extra care when filling the earth where the sun is dangerous.

I think we should take notice of how the Arabs survive in the sun, always covered up.

Cover up for protection.

Skin damage manly occurs on exposed skin. I usually don’t get sunburnt but I have noticed with my own skin that skin damage has usually occurred on my neck and arms.

I have started wearing long sleeve shirts and a hat from now on. This is the best protection, which eliminates exposure to main areas of my skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Here’s us with hats on except that bloke with the black shirt
Here’s us with hats and SPF 50 on, except that bloke with the black shirt

Another good habit is to start putting a SPF 30 cream on every morning after your normal morning brush-up rituals, on your exposed skin, usually the neck and face. I’ve researched this extensively lately, and all articles concur that a sunblock cream only lasts for two hours after applying. Unfortunately, during a normal day at work or home, I don’t think it would be practical to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours. This I can only expect to do if I was sweating, swimming or was constantly outdoors for more than two hours at a time. Therefore, once in the morning will do for me.

Not only for a younger looking skin.

Let’s put vanity aside and realise that we need to look after our bodies, given to us by God. Sun exposure causes more than 90% of skin cancers. But skin cancer is not the only risk, vision damage and cancer can also form in the eyes. According to All About Vision, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of sunglasses that have protection from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. Added benefit of looking cool too.

Although the sun can be damaging it is also important to spend time in the sun to increase vitamin D levels and physical exercise. An article by ABC stated that you need 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure  before 10am or after 3pm, three to four times a week to give you enough Vitamin D without skin damage. Getting physical exercise is another important priority, which usually demands space. Going out doors will provide ample amounts space for you to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, as a recommendation (MayoClinic, 2016)

So as you get ready for a great day ahead remember to apply sun cream, so that you are able to enjoy the outdoors without the threat of skin cancer and accelerated ageing.

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