Sunscreen Use

Sunscreen Use

Sunscreen is an essential skin care product every person should use to protect their skin from the sun and its harmful rays. Sunscreen helps to prevent sunburns, skin damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer. There are a few things to consider when it comes to using sunscreen effectively.

How to Apply Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen when you’re going to be exposed to the sun for more than 15 minutes. Before you step out into the sun, ensure that your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure you cover all exposed skin, including your face, neck, arms, and the tops of your feet. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours.

Types of Sunscreen

Sunscreens come in two types, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that absorb the sun’s UV rays. Physical sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, and these ingredients sit on top of the skin and deflect the sun’s UV rays. Physical sunscreens may be preferable for people with sensitive skin.

Sunscreen Tips

  • Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outdoors.
  • Cover all exposed parts of your skin, including your face, ears, and scalp.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am to 4pm.
  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen if you plan to be in the water for an extended period of time.