Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunscreen Do's and Don'ts - Part 2

A little sunscreen goes a long way. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen daily and in the future your skin will thank you for it. A few tips to consider while you slather on the SPF.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out under the sun.
Since it takes time for the sunscreen to be absorbed by your skin, you should apply it in advance.
 
Photo source : sophisticated edge
If you only start to apply sun screen when you are already under the sun, your skin will have a longer period of being unprotected and a higher chance of getting sun burn.  

Apply adequate quantities of sunscreen.
Many people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Experts recommend using a nickel-size amount (about 1/4 teaspoon) for your face and one shot glass (about one ounce) of sunscreen to cover the exposed areas of your body.

"Help! I was sunbathing when I fell asleep with my sunglasses on and now look at me!
Reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted this picture of her sun burned face. Sun burns are uncomfortable when they occur. Getting sun burns repeatedly can lead to premature skin aging.

Protect the lips with a lip balm that contains SPF.
The lips are also susceptible to harmful UV rays. Do avoid high-shine lip gloss because the product can attract more UV radiation.

Avoid common mistakes : SPF do not add up.
Layering a SPF 30 sunscreen over a moisturiser with SPF 15 does not get you the protection of SPF 45. The SPF protection which is effective in this case is the higher SPF value - SPF 30 only.

Wear sunscreen on a cloudy day
Clouds cannot block UV rays. On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. UV rays can also be reflected off sand and snow, so you can even get a sunburn in the shade.

To avoid having wrinkly leather-like sun damaged skin, use sunscreen and do not sun bathe.

Choose an oil-free sunscreen that does not clog pores.
Some people shun sunscreen as they think it feels greasy and causes pimples. Gone are the days when sunscreen comes in the form of a thick, sticky goop. Nowadays, sunscreens are formulated to be oil-free and non comedogenic — which make it suitable for our hot and humid climate. 

Finally, there is no sunscreen that offers 100 percent sun protection. To prevent photo-aging and skin cancers, do wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and sunglasses whenever possible. If you want your skin to look good, cover it up. Do not walk out the door without protecting exposed skin from UV rays.

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