Shield your skin from harmful rays and premature aging with the essential protection of sunscreen, a vital step in maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion for years to come. Embrace Sunscreen Facts kissed days worry-free while safeguarding your skin’s beauty and vitality.
Who Needs Sunscreen?
Applying sunscreen daily should be incorporated into everyone’s skincare regimen.
What is SPF?
SPF is the percentage of UVB rays that the sunscreen blocks. UVB rays cause sun burns and skin cancer while UVA rays act to age the skin by causing wrinkles, leathering, and sagging. In terms of percentages SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of UVB rays while SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. Those small increases in percentages may seem negligible but any extra protection makes your skin significantly safer from the harmful rays.
What Sunscreen Should I Choose?
When selecting sunscreen you should make sure of three things: that it’s water resistant, has a SPF of over 30, and that it delivers broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).
Timing is Important…
Keep in mind the appropriate time frames that go along with sunscreen usage. It is best to apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors. You need to re-apply approximately every two hours or as indicated on the label. In the cases of swimming or excessive sweating, re-apply immediately. Also, keep in mind that the sun’s rays are at their strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During these times we recommend you seek out the shade.
How Many sunscreens Should I Apply?
You want to generously coat all your skin that will be exposed. It is said that at least 1 Oz per application would do. It’s impossible to get the SPF protection as claimed on the label if it is not caked on. Be sure to remember your lips which can be protected with a balm or lipstick that has SPF 30 or higher.
Don’t be weather-specific with your sunscreen application. Even on cloudy days, the rays from the sun can harm your skin (as much as 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a cloudy day). This misperception often leads to the most dangerous of burns since it leaves people inadvertently unprotected.
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