When you’re in to climb Mt. Apo, expect for a long hike before you reach the pinnacle. As a consequence of that extensive trek to Mt. Apo, you would be under the sun most of the time.

Yes, it is true that sunlight is needed by the skin to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for strong and healthy bone formation, exceptional immune system, and great overall health. However, sun exposure also has a negative side because its UV light has a damning effect on our skin.

UV light’s detrimental effects on the skin

According to the World Health Organization , UV light from sun exposure causes sunburn, wrinkles, and lupus vulgaris or in layman’s term, tuberculosis of the skin. Aside from those, UV light also causes psoriasis or sores and scaling of the skin, vitiligo or patchy loss of skin pigmentation, and worse, skin cancer.

I’m positive that you would not want those diseases to happen to you, especially skin cancer. That’s why I’m giving you some tips on how to shield your skin from the harmful UV light.

Slather on Sunscreen

Skin Cancer Foundation defines sunscreen as a product combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. It also mentions that the two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

As regards choosing the right sunscreen, Steven Q. Wang, MD of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, states that an SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation, while an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97 percent.

In an article published by Time, it says that you need to wear sunscreen everywhere and apply it generously on your legs, back, arms, neck and chest. Not only that, you must also apply on your face, lips (use SPF lip balm), scalp and ears.

Get yourself covered

Choose the right clothing. As stated by wikihow, you should choose clothing with a rated ultraviolet protection factor, which can be brought commonly from outdoor activity stores. Besides that, the right hat would help you block off UV light.

Drink lots of water and other fluids

Never underestimate the importance of hydration for our skin. Drinking lots of water and other fluids would do wonders, not only for our skin, but for our overall well-being.

To be constantly hydrated, John Hopkins Medicine advises you to do the following: first, to drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun; Second, to make sure that you are taking in more fluid than you are losing; and third, to drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.

If you are in for the thrill to discover mt. apo, make sure to follow these skincare tips to maintain your gorgeous and glowing skin. I tell you, a little effort for your skin at present will yield positive results that would last a lifetime.

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