As the sun beats down during the summer months, it's important to protect your skin with an effective sunscreen. Sunscreen filters out the sun’s dangerous UV (ultraviolet) rays. These invisible rays can cause skin cancer. People of all skin colors can get skin cancer from the sun’s UV rays. Also, people who spend a lot of time outdoors, either for work or play, are more likely to get skin cancer from UV rays. So, there is a need to consider sunscreen application as an integral part of your regime. You should consider following important points in content to sun screen:-
- Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
- Sunscreens come in many forms, including ointments, creams, gels, lotions, wax sticks, and sprays. Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old.
- Put sunscreen on before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin.
- Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back.
- Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than 2 hours, and after you swim or do things that make you sweat.
- Topical sunscreens are designed to block and ⁄or absorb ultra violet (UV) sun radiations.
- Broad spectrum sunscreen filters both UVA and UVB radiation. All sunscreens labeled sun protection factor (SPF) 30+ work well and filter around 97% of UV radiation
- Many people apply too little sunscreen and usually get less than half the protection stated on the product label. The average-sized adult should apply 35 ml of sunscreen for one full body application before 30 minutes going outside and reapplied it every two hours
- All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.