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Why Should I Use Sunscreens?



Sunscreen - Why Use It?

Like many people you may feel a whole lot healthier once you have that glowing tan after spending hours basking in the warmth of the sun. However, your skin does not feel as good about it. The problem is that the sun’s warming and soothing rays contains UV radiation, which can damage your skin if you are exposed to too much. Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.


Prolonged exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause:


This is by far the most immediate and most obvious sign that you have been out in the sun too much. When you suffer from sunburn, your skin becomes tender and very red and may even blister and swell. It is also possible that you will feel nauseous and have a fever if you suffer from sunstroke.

Uneven Skin Pigmentation and Premature Wrinkling

As time goes by, repeated and prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can cause sun spots. Sun spots are discolorations to your skin’s natural tone which can be grey, yellow, red or brown. Additionally, too much exposure to the harmful UV radiation from sunlight can change the texture of your skin. As well as developing wrinkles, it may become leathery and tough.

Skin Cancer

It goes without saying, or should, that skin cancer is not something to take lightly. This is a worst case scenario if you expose your skin to too much direct sunlight. You should regularly check your skin for freckles or moles or any other changes in its appearance.
How do you avoid being exposed to too much UV radiation?

When you are out and about and exposed to the sunlight, you can avoid the harmful effects of UV radiation by following the tips below:

• Always wear sunscreen that has a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15. Use what is known as a ‘broad spectrum type of sunscreen’ as this will absorb around 85% of the UVB and UVA rays from the sun.
• Always apply sunscreen to the parts of your body that will be exposed to sunlight 20 minutes before you go out in the sun. Follow the directions and instructions given by the manufacturer with regards to how much, and don’t forget to apply it to the tops of your feet, the back of your neck and the rims of your ears.
• Always re-apply sunscreen after you have been swimming and if you are out in the sun for more than a couple of hours.
• As the sun’s rays are most damaging from 10 am to 4 pm, it is sensible to try and avoid being over-exposed to sunlight during that time.
• Wear protective clothing such as sunglasses and a wide brim hat. You may even be able to find specially designed SPF clothing.
• Avoid deliberately sunbathing during times where the sun’s rays are strongest.
• Avoid using tanning lamps, tanning booths and other artificial tanning machines.


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