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Sun Protection, Tips To Keep You Safe in the Sun
When you are outdoors for any length of time using sunscreen is essential. The role of sunscreen is to absorb or reflect the sun's ultraviolent rays and protect your skin.
UVA Rays penetrate deeply into the skin and contribute to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Our exposure to UVA is more constant than UVB as we encounter UVA rays no matter what the season or time of day. Meanwhile UVB Rays are the main cause of sunburn, premature skin and skin cancer.
Apply about 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors and being exposed to the sun. Adults should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 even on cloudy or winter days. While for children six months of age and older, it is recommended they use an SPF of 30 or higher. Keep babies under age six months out of the sun.
The SPF level tells you the amount of protection a sunscreen provides from sunburn. The higher the SPF levels of the sunscreen, the greater your protection.
Most people do not use enough sunscreen when outdoors. Use the sunscreen liberally and apply it evenly over all your exposed skin to ensure complete coverage. Do not forget, it is easy to overlook spots like your ears, neck, shoulders and the back of your neck, but they all need sunscreen too. Some studies have shown that people commonly apply only one half to one quarter or the amount recommended to achieve the proper protection from the sun.
Generally it is considered that you need to reapply sunscreen within two hours to remain effective. Not reapplying sunscreen could even cause more cell damage than not using sunscreen at all, due to the release of extra free radicals from those sunscreen chemicals which were absorbed into the skin. On a windy day, when you have been swimming or sweating a lot you may need to reapply more frequently.
Also, do read the sunscreen directions as they may provide different recommendations regarding frequency of use. Never use these products past the expiry date on the label as some of the ingredients may not be as effective.
You should avoid exposure to the sun when its rays are strongest, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Besides sunscreen be sure to wear sun protective clothing such as and sun glasses. The sunglasses should look good, of course, and have UV protection.
Many people today are also using biodegradable and organic sunscreen to not only protect themselves but the environment as well.
Enjoy your day outdoors protected with sufficient eco-friendly sunscreen and by following these sunscreen tips.
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