The Sun & Your Skin (12 Sunscreen Tips You Should Know)

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The Sun & Your Skin (12 Sunscreen Tips You Should Know)

This article will explain importance of sunscreen tips and list actions to prevent skin damages and serious skin conditions. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. There are two kinds of UV radiation: Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B.

Ultraviolet A

UVA radiation passes through glass and can cause the skin to prematurely wrinkle and age. Research shows that UVA may also contribute to the cause of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma.

Ultraviolet B

UVB radiation is more related to melanoma and skin cancer. This type of radiation causes sunburn, but it can’t go through glass.


Sunscreen Advice

Pick a sunscreen that is water resistant and has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher.

Sun damage gradually develops in time. Therefore, it is necessary to apply sunscreen to your skin every day, even if it’s a cloudy day.

Use lipstick or lip balm that holds sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

Check the expiry dates on sunscreen bottles to make sure they haven’t expired.


More Sunscreen Tips

1. Limit exposure to the sun when the sun’s rays are the most extreme, this is between 10 AM and 4 PM.

2. Take caution when you’re near snow, sand or water because they reflect harmful sun ray’s and can increase your risk of getting a sunburn.

3. Wear clothes that cover your body as much as possible. Dark colours with tight woven material block the sun more than loose or white material. For added protection, you can search for clothes made with sun-protective fabric.

4. Keep track of the UV index; this is a measure of how harmful the sun’s exposure will be on any given day. If the index is 10 or higher, stay inside as much as possible.

5. Wear sunglasses with 100% UV absorption

6. Take special care if you’re taking medications that may cause sensitivity to the sun, such as; medications including certain anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, chemotherapies, and anti-fungals.

7. Keep children that are under six months old entirely covered from head to toe.

8. Avoid using tanning beds, and sunlamps.

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