Wednesday, 24 August 2011

What You Really Need To Know About Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB light that damages skin and its DNA, provoke cancer, and accelerate wrinkles. There's a lot of
conflicting information out there about sunscreen and how you should use it. We personally never leave the house without sunscreen. Here are our essential tips for protecting yourself from the sun's damaging rays.

After applying the first initial layer of sunscreen, reapply at least every 2-3 hours and right after you've been sweating a lot or swimming. Sunscreens that claim to provide "all-day protection" and "water resistance" are not reliable ignore these promises.

Before heading outdoors, apply one teaspoon of broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on your face and at least three ounces, two shot glasses full, on the body.

You can still get burned on cloudy days, even when it's overcast. Eighty percent of UV light goes through the clouds. Use SPF every time you go out, sun or no sun!

SPF 30 doesn't provide more protection than SPF 15, it provides protection for a longer amount of time.

Apply sunscreen about thirty minutes before you go out in the sun. On beach days, apply sunscreen when you are naked to make sure you are totally covered.

Don't forget sunscreens expire, they have an expiration date for a reason so make sure you always check the expiration date before applying.

Don't forget to protect your lips, hands and ears. Those are the most common areas for skin cancer and most people forget about them. 

Hope this will make you think twice before you go out in the sun without SPF protection... 

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