Summer is on it’s way, we’re all spending as much time as possible outside to get our fill of warmth and soon the time for laying hours outside on the beach or in the park is upon us.
So, today we’re gonna talk sunscreen.
Well the most obvious reason is that sunscreen protects against skin cancer by blocking the harmful rays from the sun. This does not mean you don’t get a tan, but it will take a bit longer.
Correct use of sunscreen will also help prevent burns (which again can lead to cancer, but is also just really really painful).
And sunscreen will protect your skin from sun damage which over time can cause loss of elasticity, sagging and wrinkles.
So, what kind should you use?
Well, the SPF you need depends on your skin type and how close to equator you are. But generally the guide is that the lighter the skin and the closer to equator the higher the factor. Though the minimum should always be SPF15.
Personally I use 30 on my body and 50 on my face, but I burn real easy so need to protect extra carefully.
A lot of people have tried putting on sunscreen and then gotten a burn anyway. And studies show that most people doesn’t use enough sunscreen.
The danish cancer society’s guideline says 1 body = 1 handful.
And, to many’s suprise, you need to apply fresh sunscreen about every 3-4 hours. Or after swimming, sweating a lot, or after drying yourself off with a towel.
It’s recommended that your chosen sunscreen live up to a few guidelines to give the best protection:
– water resistant
– protect against both UVA and UVB rays
– at least factor 15 (30 is better)
A few extra tips:
– Clothes often don’t protect 100 % and some materials give very little protection, so wear sunscreen under your clothes.
– The harmful rays can penetrate the clouds. So even a cloudy summer day you should wear sunscreen.
– Windows do not stop many of the harmful rays so if the sun is high on the sky, either put on SPF or stay away from the sunny windows.
Lastly, remember that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is developed when the UVA waves penetrate the skin and damage the cells. The skin tries to protect itself from more damage by darkening. This does not mean you should panic every time your skin goes a bit darker, but remember to stay out of the sun when it’s highest on the sky, and that shadow is your friend.