Protect Your Skin From The harmful Rays Of The Sun With The Right SPF
SPF Sunscreen Protection Tips Reduce Wrinkles
You must understand sunscreen protection when you want to prevent your skin from aging. First, it is important to understand exactly what SPF means so as to avoid the ton of misinformation about these sunscreen products.
Next, as you are probably aware, it is never a good idea to let the sun beat down on your skin while enjoying the outdoors without some modicum of skin protection that can be provided by the proper sunscreen product.
To get the right protection from the sun's harmful rays, it is imperative that you learn what SPF means. It stands for “sun protection factor”. An FDA formula approved by the government measures how long it would take for your skin to be damaged by the sun, commonly known as sunburn, without using a sunscreen.
Fair-skinned people will begin to sunburn in only 20 minutes on a cloudless day at the beach. Using a sunscreen of SPF15 will protect you for 300 minutes or about five hours. But that assumes that the sunscreen remains on your skin.
Here are a few suggestions to ensure that the sunscreen stays on your skin.
Remember that if you are out during a time of day when the sun is at its strongest, between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, you will sunburn more quickly than at any other time. So it stands to reason that your SPF 15 sunscreen will not protect you as long as it will at any other time. You can get extended protection simply by using a sunscreen with a higher SPF factor. This also holds true if you are outdoors at a higher altitude than normal.
Also remember that the SPF rating given to your sunscreen is based on the assumption that you will be as generous in your application of it as the people on whom it was tested were. The international standard for applicationyes, there really is oneis an amount of 2mg sunscreen for each square centimeter of skin.
Of course no one anxious to slap on the sunscreen and get outdoors is going to stop and take a measurement. But you may be very interested to know that research shows the real life standard of sunscreen application is only .39 mg per square centimeter of skin.
That's less than 20% of what is established as the necessary amount to achieve the SPF protection advertised. You, in other words, should apply a layer of sunscreen about five times thicker than you are used to wearing, if you are like most of us.
Finally, you need to pick the right time to apply your sunscreen, and that is about fifteen to thirty minutes before you get outside. It takes that long for the skin to properly absorb the cream or lotion.
And while your sunscreen itself may indicate that you should reapply it at least every two or three hours, one UK study indicated that a second application fifteen to thirty minutes after the subjects were first exposed to the sun was necessary for them to receive optimal protection.
Of course, you should also reapply your sunscreen after you have been swimming, toweled down, or done anything else which might have removed it from your skin.
Choose a sunscreen which not only has the proper SPF rating, but also offers both UCA and UVB protection. Both kinds of ultraviolet rays can lead to skin aging and even cancer over time.
Use your head. Try not to be in the sun when it's at its peak – between 10am and 2 pm. If you can wear protective clothing to cover you arms, face, neck when you are outside, then sunscreens will not be needed and your can forget about rubbing on the sunscreen. A long-sleeved shirt and hat is all your need.
If you're at the beach, then make sure you have your sunscreen handy and don't forget to use it and reapply after swimming.
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