When you take a trip to the beach you would think that we are a people who worship the sun, as we lie down hour upon hour soaking up its magnificent rays. Many people like the looks of a dark tan and will spend a great deal of time basking in the sun, but skin experts state that being in the sun for long periods of time without a good sunscreen can cause severe damage to your skin. According to an article by the FDA, more than 2 million people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer and more than 10,000 of them die as a result. These numbers could decrease if people would take the time to apply sunscreen every time they are in the sun. Skin experts have told us for years about the hazards of the sun on the skin, but still many people refrain from purchasing and using an effective sunscreen. May you purpose to commit to using sunscreen and protecting your skin from harmful sun rays from this day forward!
It is wise to get to know a little about sunscreen before you run out and buy some. The function of sunscreen is to screen harmful UV rays that emit from the sun. Purchase sunscreen that has a SPF of 15 or higher and apply it 15-30 minutes before you head out into the sun. SPF means ‘Sun Protection Factor’. This means the time it takes for your skin to start becoming red. For example, if you apply SPF 15, you are protected for 15 minutes before your skin may start to get red. If you apply SPF 50, it will be 50 minutes. Apply the sunscreen according to the time you are protected. If you are swimming or sweating a lot you, you may want to re-apply sooner than the recommended time. There are waterproof sunscreens available that will repel water for a certain amount of time.
Make sure that you put the recommended amount on. Experts state that most people only apply half of the recommended amount, which does not offer full protection from UV rays. Sunscreen comes in lotion, spray, or roll on to suit most anyone. Be sure to apply evenly to all parts of exposed skin. I have been the recipient of a friend who supposedly applied sunscreen thoroughly to my back, but lo and behold at the end of the day about one third of my back was white and the rest was bright red! The good news was that the sun screen worked on the parts it was applied. The bad news was that I was so sore for several days.
Having a tan is nice, but protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is very more important. Be sure to purchase a bottle of SPF 15 or above sunscreen the next time you are out to the store and take responsibility for your skin. You might not have the darkest tan on the beach, but you will be less likely to suffer from sun poisoning or skin cancer down the road.