When the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure were highlighted by various media outlets, the general public panicked over fears that they are already suffering from the adverse effects of sun exposure. The reports highlighted the association between overexposure to the sun and the prevalence of skin problems such as wrinkles, discoloration and in other more serious cases, skin cancer.
Out of fear that their time under the sun is under immediate threat, many rushed to find alternatives and solutions that would enable them to enjoy longer periods of sunshine without increasing their chances of sustaining sun damage.
It is precisely due to the urgency of this problem that the facekini was invented. This revolutionary yet unorthodox solution from China serves as a preventive measure that wards off the harmful effects that present themselves through the exposure to the sun. The facekini is able to provide users with the basic protection against harmful sun rays. Additionally, the facekini helps to prevent beachgoers from getting jellyfish stings.
Since its introduction in 2012, the Chinese population has taken a keen interest in it and it is now a common sight at many beaches in China. However, other countries have rejected the facekini mainly due to its absurd and repulsive design. Critics have often referred to it as the ugly twin of the balaclava.
Rather than donning the controversial headgear like the Chinese, the general global population rely on other more soothing and pleasing treatments to help ease the sun damage on their skin. Most have taken a scientific approach towards this issue.
Through scientific research and clinical trial, the general belief is that formulating effective dietary plans and supplementing additional nutrition to the skin is a more comprehensive solution to counter the signs and symptoms of wrinkle formation. Of all the countless suggestions backed by health experts and conclusive evidence, several preventive measures and treatment solutions have gained the trust of the majority.
Naturally, the first solution that comes to mind is to rely on sunscreen to protect the skin against harmful elements of the sun. According to the United States Skin Cancer Foundation, applying sun screen on a daily basis effectively aids in reducing the effects of skin aging by as much as 24%. However, this form of skin care is only useful up to the age of 55.
Other than providing an additional outer layer of protection to the skin, sunscreens are also able to treat and repair existing sun damaged skin.
Skin care products
Alternatively, the amount of skin care products in the health and beauty industry is more than capable of treating any skin damage caused by sun exposure. Most products are specially formulated to include skin care treatment as part of their comprehensive benefits.
Before turning to any skin care product, it is essential to possess the basic knowledge of the ingredients included. Skin care products that utilize high levels of chemical elements can result in adverse effects after use. A safer option would be to use products that incorporate natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera gel.
Antioxidants can be easily derived from a wide variety of products and food sources. Their extensive benefits include treating, reversing, and preventing the adverse effects of sun exposure. Other than advocating anti-wrinkles, antioxidants also protect the production of collagen and helps the skin retain its elastic tissue. Fruits such as strawberries, cranberries, walnuts and pinto beans are great sources of antioxidant.
Through exposure to the natural environment, the skin is contaminated with many impurities that aid in expediting the effects of sun damage. Exfoliation is the process by which these harmful elements are eradicated along with all the dead skin cells. Exfoliation is an intricate procedure as inadequate or excessive reliance will lead to more damage instead. Depending on the skin condition and severity of skin damage, health professionals recommend that exfoliation is carried out once to thrice a week.
A majority of the global population believe that a healthy diet is the most important step in maintaining optimal skin condition. Reliance on low nutritional food and aerated drinks helps to speed up the process of aging skin and also aids in magnifying the effects of sun damage. Instead, switch to healthier options such as fruits and vegetables to maintain a balanced diet and restore much need nutrients to the skin.
The invention of facekini has proved that people would go to any extent in order to avoid becoming a victim of sun damage. Although the facekini has been well received in China, the country of its origin, the global population have expressed distaste and disgust towards it.
In addition, the facekini does have its disadvantages. Areas where wrinkles predominantly form are not covered, such as the eyes and mouth. Therefore, despite providing protection to a large surface area, it does not help to ease the effects sun damage in highly sensitive areas.
Rather than taking drastic measures and don the facekini, people prefer to take a scientific approach with proven track record towards solving skin issues instead. Highly popular solutions and treatments include eating a healthy diet, increased intake of antioxidants, using the exfoliation treatment and relying on skin care products. These methods have the same objective as the facekini, to prevent sun damage. However, they go a step further to help to reverse any existing skin damage, something that the facekini is unable to achieve.