An excursion in the mountains, a path that leads to high altitude in the clouds where the air is more crisp, a backpack on his shoulder, the dog running up and down the path making our way 10 times, a wonderful day with some cloud that basically does not bother, on the contrary it makes the summer temperature even more pleasant.
What a sight, but here in the evening, face and shoulders burn with a conspicuous sign of the shoulder straps of the backpack and the temples of the sunglasses that make the appearance vaguely funny
Yes, you got sunburned!
The sun in the mountains causes damage to the skin in the short and long term just like the sun at the sea, indeed more! In fact, you must know that as you go up to high altitude the natural protection of the atmosphere decreases and the rays become more intense by 10/12% every thousand meters, it is an impressive figure, but even more impressive is the power of the sun’s rays if the excursion ends at foot of a glacier, ice and snow reflect the rays, increasing the intensity by 80%.
THE MOUNTAIN CAUSES DAMAGE
Skin exposed to the sun tends to protect itself, this action is highlighted by the change in color due to melanin, unfortunately, however, the natural protection mechanism alone is not enough to create an effective shield. Thanks to the fact that culture, habit or laziness is almost never associated with the need to protect the skin in the mountains, we are faced with annoying burns, erythema and in the most serious cases, when even the eyes are not adequately protected, even temporary blindness.
Attention, the mountains in summer are simply wonderful, the climate, even in August is much more bearable than at sea, at high altitude it is even pleasant, a walk in the mountains, in the midst of nature, offers breathtaking views and allows you to detoxify from stress of the city, but it is necessary to protect yourself adequately to fully enjoy a corner of paradise.
THE DAMAGE OF THE SUN
You immediately notice that you have been burned, the sensation is annoying and in the worst cases you feel real pain, the skin becomes so sensitive that it cannot even be touched, but there is damage caused by exposure to the sun without protection that is they present after years, such as skin photoaging up to, in the most extreme cases, even tumors.
The natural defenses that our body puts in place are not sufficient to protect the skin and eyes and need help, especially in the mountains where the intensity of the sun’s rays is much stronger than at sea..
PROTECTIVE SUNCREAM IN THE MOUNTAINS, WHICH TO USE?
We have seen that it is necessary to protect yourself during our outdoor activities in the mountains by using sunscreen. But which? In the mountains, given the lower protection of the atmosphere, it is necessary to rely on high protection factors, in addition to the filter, a high quality composition of the cream is essential to keep the skin hydrated. An excellent level of hydration is the signal that the skin is not suffering from sun exposure, on the contrary, when it is burned the sensation is dry and the skin seems to “pull” in an annoying way.
HYALURONIC ACID, CAN IT HELP?
An excellent level of skin hydration indicates the integrity of the skin barrier. The most suitable products, dedicated to the face and neck, are enriched with a special mixture of hyaluronic acid molecules of different molecular weight. This technology is specially designed to counteract the formation of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.
Hyaluronic acid is famous for its smoothing properties that give the skin brightness and beauty, but few know that it is also an excellent help to keep the skin hydrated and increase, used together with an excellent sunscreen, the behavior of exposed skin in the sun. It is possible to find hyaluronic acid in cosmetics specially designed to make the skin toned and radiant, the most advanced contain different molecular weights to counteract the formation of wrinkles and the signs of skin aging caused by the sun.
IS IT USEFULL TO INTEGRATE TO PREPARE THE SKIN IN THE SUN?
Integration is essential to give our body the right nutrients and prepare the skin for sun exposure, whether it’s a beach or mountain holiday. Supplements containing, for example, beta-carotene or Coenzyme Q10 which counteract skin aging, fighting free radicals and the consequences of exposure to sunlight, are excellent. Thanks to their action they keep skin always young by fighting the signs caused by the sun.
WHEN AND HOW TO PUT THE PROTECTIVE SUNCREAM
The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the composition to act and better protect the skin, the application should then be repeated every 3-4 hours to keep the effectiveness of the filters contained in the cream high. In the mountains it is necessary to pay close attention to the most exposed areas of the body such as the scalp, in the case of very short hair, neck, ears and shoulders. Generally it is good practice to apply the protection on all areas exposed directly to the sun.
A good pair of mirrored glasses or glasses with high UV protection, clothing and boots suitable for the route complete the kit for a pleasant and safe excursion.
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