Don’t Depend on Sunscreens

Sunscreens don’t block out harmful UVA rays completely. You must also use some physical blocks.

  • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that applying a sunscreen means your face is fully protected. No sunscreen is perfect. In fact, the FDA is considering banning the term “sun block” because it’s misleading. Since 80% of premature aging is a result of sun exposure, please try using physical blocks in addition to your sunscreen. The Japanese take protection from the sun very seriously. To Westerners, some of their practices may look extreme.
  • Besides sunglasses, the Japanese wear big hats, hand gloves, arm covers, and also pack an umbrella.Special Umbrellas which protect from UVA raysBoth women and men use special umbrellas which protect from UVA rays, although regular umbrellas work fine. And also serve to cool down temperatures.Men use special umbrellas to protect from UVA raysThere are special umbrellas that can attach to bikes,Special Umbrellas that can attach to bikesand even to wheelchairs! Japan has one the highest life expectancy in the world, so protecting skin beauty is ageless. Wheelchairs - Protecting Skin BeautyIt is common to see Japanese women wearing hand gloves and arm covers during the day.Japanese women wearing hand glovesLook at this hardworking mother! She is fully protected with arm cover, gloves, hat, and umbrella while riding her bike.A mother fully protected with arm cover, gloves, hat, and umbrella
  • There are laundry detergents to strengthen sunscreen power of your clothes. UV sensors are popular, too. Women attach the sensor to their phones and are warned of sun exposure.
  • More extreme examples include face mask:Face mask for Sun ProtectionSun Protection into your daily lifeJust be mindful how you incorporate sun protection into your daily life. Again, 80% of skin aging comes from UV rays. While it’s also true you can get Vitamin D by exposing your skin to UV rays, you can more safely do so on less frequently exposed areas like your legs or back. In fact, taking a Vitamin D supplement and having a balanced diet,  should be sufficient.