Many people enjoy the summer months because of long summer days and the warm weather. However, we must remember to protect our skin from the sun’s dangerous rays. There is so much more to sunscreen then just rubbing it on your skin before you head out to the beach. There is a lot for you to learn about like why we all need to wear sunscreen and how to pick the best one for you.
How should sunscreens be applied?
Sunscreens are very effective when used properly.
• Apply your sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors, whenever you will be exposed for 30 minutes or more.
• Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours while you are outdoors.
• Cover all exposed areas, including your ears, lips, face and back of your hands.
• Make sure to apply a generous layer. Smooth it on rather than rub it in.
• Ladies always apply sunscreen under your makeup.
Who should use sunscreen?
Anyone who spends time outside should use sunscreen. This includes: men, women and children. Sunscreens are safe for children and can prevent skin cancer from developing later on in life.
What is SPF in a sunscreen?
SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number tells you how well the product will protect you from UVB rays, the burning rays of the sun. The higher the SPF number, the greater the amount of protection. Everyone should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
Even if you don’t burn very often you should still use sunscreen. You want to reduce sun damage. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn. Sunburn is an immediate reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime.
What are the benefits of wearing sunscreen?
Prevents Premature Aging: All of us love to have younger looking, radiant and healthy skin. It shields your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Studies reveal that people below the age of 55 who used sunscreen had 24% lesser chance of developing these aging signs than non sunscreen and occasional sunscreen users.
Lowers Skin Cancer Risks: While sunscreen can be used for beauty reasons the most important benefit is the prevention of various types of skin cancer, especially melanoma, this is the worst type of skin cancer which can be life threatening for women.
Prevents Sunburns: Sunburns weaken your skin, subjecting it more to bruises. Your skin may suffer repeated attacks of peeling, swelling, redness, hives and itching. The blisters can escalate the risk of skin cancer. A study published in ‘Annals of Epidemiology’ in August 2008 suggested that recurring occurrences of sunburns could actually put you at a higher risk of lethal melanoma. So apply sunscreen and stay safe.
Enhances Health of the Skin: The essential skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin are protected by sunscreen. These proteins are required for keeping the skin smooth and healthy. Make sure your sun block has titanium oxide in it for provide these benefits to the skin.
There is no specific time to start using sunscreen. It is always better to be late than never. So before you head outdoors make sure to apply your sunscreen all over.
Do you use sunscreen? Let us know what other benefits you have noticed from wearing sunscreen on a daily basis.
By: Chantel Alford
Photo Source: Huffington Post