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How To Protect Your Sensitive Skin from the Sun

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Having sensitive skin can be a real challenge, as you have to be mindful about everything and anything you use. When your skin reacts and flares up easily, you have to be careful with skincare products, makeup, and any other products you use on your face, body, and scalp. If you fail to use the right products without harsh chemicals and fragrances, your skin and health could end up suffering.


So, what happens when it comes to protecting your skin against the potentially harmful UV rays of the sun? Most people these days know that lengthy exposure to the sun can cause various problems and could even lead to skin cancer in addition to burning and premature aging of the skin. This is why it is important to ensure you have some protection in place if you plan to spend time out in the sunshine. This protection comes in the form of sunscreen, which can help to prevent a range of issues linked to sun exposure.

The good news is that there are now plenty of options for those who have sensitive skin. You can get sensitive skin products when it comes to makeup, moisturizers, and various other products. You will also find a range of sunscreen options designed for those with sensitive skin. This means you can get the protection and peace of mind you need without risking a flareup caused by harsh chemicals and ingredients used in the sunscreen.

Some of the Main Benefits of Sunscreen Use

It is vital that you take the time to put on sunscreen before you spend prolonged periods in the sun. However, it is also vital that you are careful about the one you use if your skin is prone to flare-ups and is known to be sensitive. While there are various options on the market, some are packed with harsh chemicals and fragrance, which can be a nightmare for those with sensitive skin. Some of the key benefits of using a sunscreen that is designed specifically for sensitive skin include:

Lack of fragrance: When you choose a sunscreen for sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about fragrance. With fragranced sunscreen, there tends to be a lot of chemicals included and this can have a serious negative impact on your skin. In addition, fragrance does no absorb into the skin, which means that using a sunscreen without fragrance will prove more effective and will provide a higher level of protection. So, you can enjoy getting the protection you need without the risk of your skin suffering chemical flare-ups and reactions.

No harsh chemicals: As mentioned above, many sunscreens that are not designed for sensitive skin contain not only fragrance but also a range of harsh chemicals that can spell disaster for sensitive skin. If you choose a sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about any of these chemicals and you can relax in the knowledge that your skin is protected without the risk of reaction.

High levels of protection: With a good, high quality organic fragrance free sunscreen for sensitive skin, you will be able to benefit from a high level of protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun. You can get different protection levels, so you should choose one that suits your skin type. For instance, if you have very fair skin, you should go for a sunscreen that offers higher level protection.

No need to worry about reactions: By using a good sunscreen for sensitive skin, you can rest easy and enjoy greater peace of mind. This is because you won't have the worry of sparking a reaction as you would with standard sunscreens. You can relax outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather without having to worry about burning, peeling, and triggering skin health issues.

Effective protection from UV rays: As we know, the UV rays of the sun can be very dangerous in terms of our health and the appearance of our skin. By investing in a high quality sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you can ensure your skin is protected from these rays but you won't have to worry about your skin suffering other problems stemming from the use of sunscreen that contains fragrance or chemicals.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Other Protection Tips to Help

Of course, using a good sunscreen is only part of the protection you need when you are spending time in the sun. You also need to put other measures into place to ensure your health does not suffer. For instance, you should wear a wide brim hat or baseball cap to shade your face and shield your scalp from the sun's rays. In addition, you also need to protect your eyes and the area around them, so you should invest in a good pair of sunglasses that provide UV protection.

Finally, don't forget to protect all exposed areas of your body. Many people simply apply sunscreen to their face and neck. They then end up with burned, peeling arms and legs, because these areas were also exposed to the sun but did not have any protective barrier on them. You should apply your sunscreen to all areas that are going to be exposed, which includes the feet if you will be wearing sandals as well as the hands. This way, you can ensure that you are properly protected and that your skin benefits from a proper protective barrier.

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What Sexual Abuse Survivors Want You to Know

In 2016, I finally found my voice. I always thought I had one, especially as a business owner and mother of two vocal toddlers, but I had been wrong.


For more than 30 years, I had been struggling with the fear of being my true self and speaking my truth. Then the repressed memories of my childhood sexual abuse unraveled before me while raising my 3-year-old daughter, and my life has not been the same since.

Believe it or not, I am happy about that.

The journey for a survivor like me to feel even slightly comfortable sharing these words, without fear of being shamed or looked down upon, is a long and often lonely one. For all of the people out there in the shadows who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I dedicate this to you. You might never come out to talk about it and that's okay, but I am going to do so here and I hope that in doing so, I will open people's eyes to the long-term effects of abuse. As a survivor who is now fully conscious of her abuse, I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, quite frankly, it may never go away.

It took me some time to accept that and I refuse to let it stop me from thriving in life; therefore, I strive to manage it (as do many others with PTSD) through various strategies I've learned and continue to learn through personal and group therapy. Over the years, various things have triggered my repressed memories and emotions of my abuse--from going to birthday parties and attending preschool tours to the Kavanaugh hearing and most recently, the"Leaving Neverland" documentary (I did not watch the latter, but read commentary about it).

These triggers often cause panic attacks. I was angry when I read Barbara Streisand's comments about the men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them, as detailed in the documentary. She was quoted as saying, "They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them." She later apologized for her comments. I was frustrated when one of the senators questioning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (during the Kavanaugh hearing) responded snidely that Dr. Ford was still able to get her Ph.D. after her alleged assault--as if to imply she must be lying because she gained success in life.We survivors are screaming to the world, "You just don't get it!" So let me explain: It takes a great amount of resilience and fortitude to walk out into society every day knowing that at any moment an image, a sound, a color, a smell, or a child crying could ignite fear in us that brings us back to that moment of abuse, causing a chemical reaction that results in a panic attack.

So yes, despite enduring and repressing those awful moments in my early life during which I didn't understand what was happening to me or why, decades later I did get married; I did become a parent; I did start a business that I continue to run today; and I am still learning to navigate this "new normal." These milestones do not erase the trauma that I experienced. Society needs to open their eyes and realize that any triumph after something as ghastly as childhood abuse should be celebrated, not looked upon as evidence that perhaps the trauma "never happened" or "wasn't that bad. "When a survivor is speaking out about what happened to them, they are asking the world to join them on their journey to heal. We need love, we need to feel safe and we need society to learn the signs of abuse and how to prevent it so that we can protect the 1 out of 10 children who are being abused by the age of 18. When I state this statistic at events or in large groups, I often have at least one person come up to me after and confide that they too are a survivor and have kept it a secret. My vehicle for speaking out was through the novella The Survivors Club, which is the inspiration behind a TV pilot that my co-creator and I are pitching as a supernatural, mind-bending TV series. Acknowledging my abuse has empowered me to speak up on behalf of innocent children who do not have a voice and the adult survivors who are silent.

Remembering has helped me further understand my young adult challenges,past risky relationships, anger issues, buried fears, and my anxieties. I am determined to thrive and not hide behind these negative things as they have molded me into the strong person I am today.Here is my advice to those who wonder how to best support survivors of sexual abuse:Ask how we need support: Many survivors have a tough exterior, which means the people around them assume they never need help--we tend to be the caregivers for our friends and families. Learning to be vulnerable was new for me, so I realized I needed a check-off list of what loved ones should ask me afterI had a panic attack.

The list had questions like: "Do you need a hug," "How are you feeling," "Do you need time alone."Be patient with our PTSD". Family and close ones tend to ask when will the PTSD go away. It isn't a cold or a disease that requires a finite amount of drugs or treatment. There's no pill to make it miraculously disappear, but therapy helps manage it and some therapies have been known to help it go away. Mental Health America has a wealth of information on PTSD that can help you and survivors understand it better. Have compassion: When I was with friends at a preschool tour to learn more about its summer camp, I almost fainted because I couldn't stop worrying about my kids being around new teenagers and staff that might watch them go the bathroom or put on their bathing suit. After the tour, my friends said,"Nubia, you don't have to put your kids in this camp. They will be happy doing other things this summer."

In that moment, I realized how lucky I was to have friends who understood what I was going through and supported me. They showed me love and compassion, which made me feel safe and not judged.