Summer is back again and the sun becomes closer to people who look for ways to ease their feeling of heat like heading for beaches.
But some people who go to their work daily need to protect their skin against the scorching sun rays using sun protection products topped by sunblocks and sunscreens.
Here Dr. Baher El Saeed, during his weekly interview with InBox program, aired on Sada El Balad Channel, explained the danger of being exposed to the sun for a long time especially in the summer.
“Darkening, burns of the deeper layers of the skin, wrinkles, freckles, and age spots are the most prominent harms which could be caused to the skin due to sunlight exposure,” Dr. Saeed said.
Therefore, using sun protection products is essential not an indicator for welfare. But there are differences between the sunblock and sunscreen.
Sunblocks are mainly formulated to protect the skin from the ultraviolet B (UVB) sun rays as they literally block the rays by forming a physical shield.
While the sunscreen is a chemical-based product, playing a role of absorbing the sun rays, it contains antioxidants.
It is worth noting that sunblock is safer than the sunscreen.
Regarding the best way to use the sunblocks and sunscreens, Dr. Saeed advised people who have dry skin to use sun protection products in a cream form, not fluid.
While lotion is better for people who have sensitive or oily skin.
He pointed out that the best way to use them is to slather an amount on the skin 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. It is better to reapply every two or three hours for optimum protection.
For women, they should apply before putting the makeup.
Health Tips Note
He urged doctors and pharmacists to choose Egyptian medicines better than the imported ones for the patients.
He warned the public not to overuse vitamin A because it will lead to hair loss. Food like liver, eggs, milk products, carrots, and apricots are rich in vitamin A.
He further asserted that watercress is a natural viagra which boosts the sexual abilities and the percentage of men’s testosterone as it is rich in zinc, calcium, and iron.
He also pointed out that drinking coffee makes people look younger than their real ages, refuting the claim that it could be a cause in raising blood pressure.