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Skin care Tips to Follow in using A Sunscreen

1. Sunscreen should be worn daily whether it rains or shines and not only during the hot summer season but during winter as well. Never assume that the mist, fog and clouds during the cold season will shade you from the sun’s rays. It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays penetrate through them. A wide brimmed hat and umbrella are not enough to protect you from the UV rays. About 85 percent of the sun’s rays bounce off the sand, concrete, water and snow and onto your unprotected skin. If you spend a lot of time at work exposed to the sun or your office is situated near a window, always provide yourself with some sunscreen protection since UV rays can penetrate through glass.

2. Look for broad spectrum sunscreens. These can be found among the many skin care products in the skin care section of your local stores. A broad spectrum sunscreen can provide you protection against both UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are blamed for accelerating the aging process while UVB rays are the culprits for most skin cancers. Your sunscreen should have a sun-protector factor or SPF of 15 or higher. This means that it will take your skin 15 times longer to get burned.

3. An ounce of sunscreen should be enough to be applied on your face, ears and neck. Some people even need more. A sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun so that your skin will have the time to absorb the substance. It is best to reapply it after every two hours.

4. Don’t forget to provide your lips with some protection against the sun. A lip balm or a lipstick that contains sunscreen will be helpful. Some forms of cancer like squamous cell carcinoma can be very aggressive especially when it affects the lips.

5. Your hands should also receive the necessary skin care protection provided by a sunscreen. The thin skin on your hands is very vulnerable to sun damage and this is often the first area on your body that will show the effects of sun exposure.

6. The sun is most harmful between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. when it is at its strongest. Be sure to avoid exposure during these times.

Therefore, the best way to provide ourselves the necessary protection against sun damage is to choose a sunscreen product with a high SPF and apply it in generous amounts. Be lavish in protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun and use it daily regardless of weather or season. Put that sunscreen on and stay protected.