Sunscreen is your skin’s best protection against the sun, but it only works is used correctly. This article discusses the best types of sunscreen and how to use them effectively. It also briefly discusses the different types of ultraviolet (UV) rays and how they damage the skin.
After a nice day at the beach, you notice your skin is sunburned. How could that have happened? You made sure you used sunscreen as soon as you got to the beach. Unfortunately, despite the best intentions, many people get sunburned even though they used a sunscreen. A good sunscreen is an excellent defense against the harmful rays of the sun, but it does need to be used properly.
The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is to select a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. The UVB rays in sunlight cause sunburn, while the UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature aging and some types of skin cancers.
Even if you have the best sunscreen possible, it will only work if you use it correctly. Even the best sunscreen will only last about 2 hours, so you need to reapply it frequently. Also, you need to apply it liberally to all exposed surfaces. After all, even the tips of your ears can become sunburned if they are not protected. Once you apply the sunscreen, you should wait at least 30 minutes before exposing yourself to direct sunlight. This will allow the sunscreen to penetrate your skin and give maximum protection. Finally, if you will be going into the water, you should make sure the sunscreen is water resistant.
A final sunscreen tip is a reminder to protect your lips. Even your lips can get sunburned, so they need to be protected as well. Many lip balms will have sunscreen protection in them, but you need to read the label to make sure your lip balm does.
You will be exposed to a lot of sunlight during your life, and sunlight can damage your skin. But, by using a good sunscreen and using it correctly, you can avoid most of the damage and keep your skin looking young and healthy.
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