Summer has just started and the beaches are crowded with people in their trendy summer bikinis and beach shorts. At this most enjoyable season, everyone forgets that the bright summer sun can cause the most damaging diseases — including skin cancer. The only way to truly enjoy is to maximize the use of sunscreen. Here are some tips on buying and applying sunscreen.
Choose a product that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Check the labels and determine if the product contains the ingredients that will block both rays. Both UVA and UVB rays play a crucial role in promoting skin cancer. They can also cause common disorders as well. UVA rays promotes premature skin aging while UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn.
Like cosmetics and other skin care products, have a small sample test to see if you are allergic to the product. Apply a small dot under your chin or at the back of your hand and wait for a few hours. If a rash develops, drop the product comepletely and scout for another brand.
UV rays can penetrate even on cloudy days. Be sure to apply sunblock even if it looks like it’s going to rain. As much as possible, walk under a shade or wear enough clothing and accessories which can block the sun’s rays effectively.
Apply sunscreen on your skin 15 – 20 minutes before sun exposure. Give your skin some time to absorb the product before rushing outisde. Reapply sunscreen every two hours if you plan to stay outside for a long period of time.