Summer, Rain or Winter; You must Use Your: SUNSCREEN!
Summer is here and it’s time to go on a vacation. While it’s OK to leave your troubles behind when you take off for a summer adventure, one thing you’ll want to be sure to bring along is good skin care that will protect your face from sun exposure as well as minimize the effects of travel. Just follow a few tips:
- Protect Skin During Sun Exposure with SUNSCREEN
- Drink plenty of water & Keep Skin Moisturized
- Eat Nutritious Foods
- Wear big sun glasses, hat & heat friendly clothing
Everyone needs to wear sunscreen including children. Dark skinned people do have better protection from sun due to more melanin but sun rays can damage their skin as well. Health experts advise everyone, regardless of skin color, to use sunscreen regularly with an SPF of at least 15.
What is SPF?
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) refers to the sunscreen’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s harmful UVB rays. It measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening from UVB, compared to how long the skin takes to redden without protection.
If it takes 20 minutes without protection to begin reddening, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about 5 hours. To maintain the SPF, reapply sunscreen every two hours and right after swimming.Ensure your sunscreen has broad-spectrum protection that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen contains ingredients that protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to health problems and skin irritations.
Short term Damage: Skin that is overexposed to sunlight without sunscreen may sun burn, becomes red and dry, and discolouration may occur.
Long term Damage: One may age prematurely; wrinkles develop due to sun damage. Skin cancer develops due to exposure to the sun without sunscreen; melanoma is especially dangerous.
Most adults should use about 35 ml of sunscreen to cover their whole body. It’s about the same as an adult handful. Remember, most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. It’s OK to use more than you think you should. As mentioned above apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every 2 hours or as soon as you get done swimming or sweating heavily.
Even with the ideal sunscreen, some UV rays can get through to your skin and cause damage. The Skin Cancer Foundation considers sunscreen one part of a comprehensive sun protection program, along with sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, shade, and sun avoidance from 10AM to 4 PM.