Sun and Skin   

The skin is a vital organ of the human body, as it protects all the internal organs from the external environment, since being directly exposed to it. The outer layer of skin is the epidermis, below which lies the corium, the inner skin layer.
A very important skin function is protecting the body from the harmful effects of UV radiation through melanin, a pigment produced by melanocytes.
Τhe skin is also involved in a process of great importance for the good health of the human organism: the formation of vitamin D. It is estimated that 90% of this vitamin is produced-literally- inside the skin.

Inexhaustible source of energy and life, the sun is related with the most carefree and happy time of year, the summer. The beneficial effect of solar radiation on the human psyche is also known. Without overlooking the unique benefits of sunshine for the overall well-being provided a rational and controlled sun exposure, we need to emphasize that the sun poses several risks in cases of prolonged exposure. The most common effect of solar radiation on the skin is redness. However, excessive and chronic exposure may have serious health effects, e.g., premature ... Read More
The Sun Protection Factor or SPF -as it is internationally known- indicates the degree of protection provided by a sunscreen product, against UVB radiation. Without protection, sun exposure is safe only within a specific time limit, which, according to skin type and natural resistance, varies from 5 to 30 minutes. The multiplication of a product's Sun Protection Factor (SPF) by the skin's natural sun resistance span (with no protection) produces the total amount of time, during which we can safely enjoy the sun. Here is a simple example: Suppose your skin starts ... Read More
Sun exposure should not exceed 30 minutes, the first few days, if you want to avoid sunburn. Slow tanning is better, lasts longer and it is safer, healthwise.   If you have light/very light skin, the initial sun exposure time should be about 15-30 minutes. The duration can be increased by 10 minutes, every two days of continuous exposure. If you have fair skin, usually with freckles, that gets sunburned almost always and never tans, experts recommend  an SPF 50/SPF 50+ sunscreen, for the first few ... Read More
Avoid staying in the sun during midday hours (11:00 to 16:00). Excessive exposure, even with sunscreen, is hazardous to health.   Sunscreen should be applied at least half an hour before expected sun exposure, applying adequate quantity all over the body. Repeat often, especially after swimming, toweling and perspiring.   Babies and small children should not be exposed to direct sunlight. They should also be protected with ... Read More
Start by thoroughly cleansing your skin. Apply sunscreen to face and body, at least half an hour before going to the beach.   Do not use perfume or cologne before and during sun exposure, to avoid the occurrence of photo allergies and skin discolorations.   Get hydrated! Choose water and make sure you drink about 2 liters per day. Sweat and sun exposure tend to reduce moisture ... Read More

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