Sun rays are essential for the body. By absorbing sun rays, our body makes vitamin d. But too much of it can have an adverse effect like heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn and even skin cancer. Sunburn increases the chances of skin cancer. You can get a sunburn in the holidays, but in the UK even when it’s cloudy, you can burn.
Why buy sunscreen?
Taking good care of your skin has become a must. Healthy skin is always in style. Sun’s UV radiation is transmitted in three type of wavelengths – UVA, UVB and UVC. You only have to protect yourself against UVA and UVB as UVC cannot penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. UVA is known to cause skin ageing. UVA leads to skin ageing, wrinkles and skin cancer as it affects the elastin of the skin. UVA can penetrate the skin more deeply compared to UVB. Window glasses cannot stop it. Here is when sunscreen saves the day. Sunscreen will help in defending against ageing and potentially skin cancer.
What is SPF and how does it matter?
Sunscreen products in the UK have the label with an ‘SPF’. SPF is ‘sun protection factor’. SPFs are rated based on their level of UVB protection on a scale of 2-50+. SPF refers to how long the sun cream can protect the skin. The range between 2 to 14 being the least protected end of the spectrum and 50+ giving the most potent forms of UVB protection. The shelf life of most sunscreens is two to three years.
Tips for applying sunscreen:
Many people do not know how much and how to use sunscreen for the best results. Adults should aim to apply around two tablespoons if you are covering the whole body. If you are covering just the head, neck and arms, then two teaspoons of sunscreen are good enough. You might get less protection if you apply sunscreen too thinly. Sunscreen should be used on all exposed skin like face, ears and neck and also on the head if hair is thin or if you have no hair at all. If you plan or know that you’ll be out in the sun for a longer time, then you need to apply it twice.
a) 30 minutes before going out.
b) Just before going out.
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