You have already learned about the importance of sunscreen and how vital for your skin`s protection it is. You can prevent not only skin cancer, but also sun burns, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and many other bad looking disorders of the skin, by just applying sunscreen the proper way.
The summer sun rays can be very harsh on your skin, especially after spending much time indoors. People whose skin has not exposed to sunlight for a long period of time (for example, during winter months) is highly predisposed to suffer burns and become irritated when exposed to high doses of sun rays.
Dermatologists warn suntan enthusiasts that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Once the skin changes color, it is a sign that those skin cells have suffered permanent damage which caused them to seek methods of adapting to the aggression of UV radiation.
Therefore it would be best to never suntan, but if you cannot help getting a tan this summer follow some simple rules to avoid, as much as they can be avoided, skin problems.First of all, it is vital not only to use sunscreen whenever you are out in the sun, but to also limit you sun intake. For example, if you are planning a vacation somewhere where you`ll spend a lot of time sunbathing, you should pace yourself and your skin.
Spend only a few minutes or a maximum of 30 minutes when sunbathing and remember that whenever you feel your skin getting hot and uncomfortable, it is time to stop. Never, ever sunbathe during 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.!
Secondly, Remember to always apply sun cream at least 20 minutes before going outside, equally important is to reapply sunscreen every two hours or, if you take a bath, right after the bath.
People who practice water sports and who have to spend a lot of time in the water should consider buying a sunscreen that is water resistant. Keep in mind that the term is water resistant and not waterproof, so the sun cream will need to be reapplied according to the guidelines presented on the box.
Children need special sunscreen designed specifically for their skin. A child`s skin is far more sensitive than the one of an adult so it`s best to avoid the harsh chemicals used in sun cream designed for adults and look for gentler, kid-friendly sunscreens.
People who are predisposed to skin allergies or have various skin conditions, you should avoid being in the sun altogether, but since that is not always possible, people with sensitive skin can also benefit from using sunscreen designed for children.
The sunscreen that should be used should have and SPF higher than 15 and it should assure that your skin is protected against UVA and UVB radiation, so look for these specifications on the box of the sunscreen.
Remember to always protect the area around your eyes with quality sunglasses, use a hat, stay hydrated and to cover any large moles on your body with sunscreen and fabric to prevent malignant degeneration.
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