It’s fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. But if you let your skin being exposed to UV light without any protection, it may lead to disastrous result, as sunlight can cause irreversible damage to your skin. So before diving into summer fun, you have to learn the correct ways to apply sunscreen.
Choose a sunscreen that has sunblock SPF of 30 or higher to protect you from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors as it takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, chances are that the damage to skin has already been done.
Use enough sunscreen that can fully cover all exposed areas of your body. Most adults need at least 30 ml of sunscreen, which is roughly the size of a shot glass or the amount that one can hold in one’s palm. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin until you don’t see the whiteness of the sunscreen. Don’t forget your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. If you have thinning hair, either applies sunscreen to your scalp as well. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating to remain protected. People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen or didn’t reapply it after being in the sun.
Check the expiry date prior to applying sunscreen; sunscreens are usually designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. Remember UV rays are no joke, so it’s better to toss expired sunscreen than take a chance.
Remember, sunscreen doesn’t provide full protection from the damaging effects of UV rays, so don’t over expose yourself to the sun rays even after applying sunscreen.
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