Summer is here, so its time to slip on your jandles, slap on some togs and slide into the rivers, lakes, beaches and pools. But when it comes to enjoying the sun we need to think about the suns UV Rays and sure we protect ourselves from possible sun damage.
What exactly is a sunscreen?
A Product specially formulated to provide protection to the body from the adverse effects of sunlight. No matter how harmless they may seem, it is still best to put on some sun protection because over and above the heat that the sunlight emits, it also causes sunburn, premature wrinkling and age spots as well as possibly cause skin cancer.
How do sunscreen or sun protection products work?
The main ingredients of this product that works to give protection are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients give protection against UVB and UVA rays. There are also other ingredients that can provide the same level of protection and these are Octocrylene and benzophenones (such as avobenzone) that contains absorbing properties for both UVA and AVB.
What is SPF?
It is an abbreviation for the sun-protection factor that is assigned a number such as 15, 30 and 50. These numbers indicate the degree of sunburn protection provided by the sunscreens. It is an interpretation of the total exposure to the sun rather than the length of exposure. In order to get the maximum effect of the specified SFP of the sunscreen product, you must apply an ample amount on the exposed skin. Depending on the person’s sensitivity to sun exposure, he must choose the appropriate SFP to address his condition.
How to use choose the right sunscreen to get maximum protection?
In order to get the ultimate protection against harmful effects of sunlight, you must put sunscreen on your face, body and lips. There is a specific product appropriate for each part of the body.
Depending on your specific need, choose a sunscreen product with SPF of 15 or higher and apply it at least 20 minutes before getting exposed to the sun. You must also remember to re-apply every 2 hours or each time you will come out of the water.
Slather the sunscreen product to get maximum effect. And make sure that you put it on your lips, eyes and ears. There is a specific sun protection product for your lips and face.
And remember to get out of the water and get to the nearest shaded area during the hottest times of the day, which is between 11AM to 3PM.
Getting sun protection is a must when going outdoors to enjoy the summer. No matter how excited you or your kids are to get wet on the beach, make sure that you slather on your favourite sun protection product 20 minutes before sun exposure. You will thank your gut feel after summer.
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