Educating Your Clients: Protecting Your Skin From the Sun

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July is UV Safety Month! Summer is a great time to head to the beach. Many clients will be trying to soak up some rays in the next few weeks, but it’s important to share the dangers of UV rays, and how to protect the skin from the sun.

Proper sun protection will help your clients feel great about their skin. It could also save their lives. Educate your clients this season about products they can choose for sun protection and what may happen if they are exposed for too long.

How UV Rays Affect the Skin  

Your clients probably know that staying out in the sun too long without sunscreen can cause sunburn, or even sun poisoning. But UV rays do more than cause a little redness or pain. Know the dangers you face when you step out into the sun (or lay on a tanning bed).

Skin Cancer 

UVA and UVB rays have been found to cause skin cancer, which is diagnosed more than any other cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer by the time they are 70.

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Studies show that more people develop skin cancer from tanning beds than people develop lung cancer from smoking. Cross indoor tanning beds off of your list of beauty treatments to prevent skin cancer.

Signs of Aging 

UV radiation can also damage collagen in the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure to the body. It also keeps skin looking tight and young. Once collagen is damaged, it becomes harder to replenish it and get rid of wrinkles on the face.

Keep the collagen in your body intact by staying out of the sun and reducing exposure to UV rays.

How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun 

Every time you step outside, you could be putting your skin at risk. Don’t put your sunscreen away just because you’re no longer hitting the beach. You are still exposing your face to UV rays. Tell clients to apply sunscreen a half-hour before heading outside, and re-apply every two hours or after taking a dip in the water.

UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Places in higher elevations and closer to the equator also experience stronger UV rays. Tell your clients to be extra careful with their skin when they head on vacation.

Did you know that you can take nutritional supplements for UV protection? Talk to your clients about nutraceuticals that they can take to shield their skin from damage caused by the sun’s rays or their screen’s blue light.

These tips can help to prevent signs of aging or an early death from skin cancer. Give your clients this PDF to consult when they head to the beach, to the mountains, or just out the door.

Protecting Your Skin From the Sun 

Tips for Preventing Sunburn and Damage from UV Rays 

The sun doesn’t just cause redness or burns. Excessive sun exposure can ramp up the aging process. Use these tips to keep your skin healthy and young.

  • Wear sunscreen every day – even during the winter

  • Apply sunscreen half an hour before stepping into the sun

  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or according to the product’s directions

  • Cover up with a hat or sunglasses

  • Skip the tanning beds

  • Take nutrition supplements that are created to protect skin from UV rays

  • Eat antioxidant-rich foods and apply antioxidants topically to the skin

Create a Skincare Routine That Protects You In All Weather

UV rays may have more of an effect depending on your skin type. Talk to an esthetician about creating a routine that keeps your skin safe.

Antioxidants for Sun Damage Protection:

Nutritional Supplements to Protect Skin from UV Damage and Reverse Aging: