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You know you were supposed to wear sunscreen, its written everywhere you go. Sunscreen is really important especially in the summer time. so why don`t you wear it
Why people don`t wear it and how to improve it
I forget to wear it?
Buy body cream and face cream with SPF. since you apply these everyday you won`t forget to apply SPF
Buy one with no order or one that has your favorite order
Its hard to rub it in?
I know that suncreen is hard to blend, but you have to. its between having to rub for 5 seconds of rubbing or life time of skin cancer
I am only out for few seconds.
Those few seconds are enough for to cause skin cancer. Its like hair, if you use a heat product for even a second you are doing damage to your hair, like sun does to your skin
Put enough on. The recommended application for adequate protection is 35 to 40ml per person per session (a handful). "So someone may think they are applying SPF15, say, but if they don`t use the correct amount then it may only be equivalent to SPF8," says Richardson.
Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands.
Apply correctly. Sunscreen should be applied to clean, dry skin 30 minutes before exposure to the sun which allows it time to absorb properly.
Take time out in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm when them sun is strongest, but still apply sun screen because sand, concrete and water can reflect harmful rays.
Reapply. Perspiration, exercise, swimming and towel-drying removes sun creams from the skin so you should reapply after taking part in any of these activities, even if the product is waterproof.
Everyday use of sun lotions on your face and back of the hands will limit the chances of developing dry leathery skin, wrinkles, mottling and other signs of premature aging and skin cancer.
Cover up in the sun with loose cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
Use a "broad spectrum" sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Overcast weather still requires sunscreen in summer because 80 per cent of ultra-violet radiation is still present on cloudy days.
Children and babies need greater protection so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.
1. Quick tips for a good sunscreen.
Ingredients matter learn if your brand leaves you overexposed to damaging UVA rays, if it breaks down in the sun, or if it contains potential hormone-disrupting compounds.
Avoid these Ingredients
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
Added insect repellent
Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX
Products to stay away from
SPF above 50+
Water-resistant for beach, pool & exercise SPF 30+ for beach & pool
2. But first things first do these before applying sunscreen.
The best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation are protective clothes, shade and timing. Check out the checklist:
Dont get burned. Red, sore, blistered (then peeling) skin is a clear sign youve gotten far too much sun. Sunburn increases skin cancer risk keep your guard up!
Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the suns UV rays and dont coat your skin with goop. A long-sleeved surf shirt is a good start.
Find shade or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade they lack tanning pigments (melanin) to protect their skin.
Plan around the sun. If your schedule is flexible, go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. UV radiation peaks at midday, when the sun is directly overhead.
Sunglasses are essential. Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation, a cause of cataracts.
3. Now put on sunscreen here are the essentials, beyond the quick tips.
Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Make sure yours provides broad-spectrum protection and follow our other tips for better protection.
Dont be fooled by a label that boasts of high SPF. Anything higher than SPF 50+ can tempt you to stay in the sun too long, suppressing sunburn but not other kinds of skin damage. FDA says these numbers are misleading. Stick to SPF 15-50+, reapply often and pick a product based on your own skin, time planned outside, shade and cloud cover.
News about Vitamin A. Eating vitamin A-laden vegetables is good for you, but spreading vitamin A on the skin may not be. New government data show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with vitamin A-laced creams. Vitamin A, listed as retinyl palmitate on the ingredient label, is in 33 percent of sunscreens. Avoid them.
Ingredients matter. Avoid the sunscreen chemical oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and contaminates the body. Look for active ingredients zinc, titanium, avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. These substances protect skin from harmful UVA radiation and remain on the skin, with little if any penetrating into the body. Also, skip sunscreens with insect repellent if you need bug spray, buy it separately and apply it first.
Pick a good sunscreen. EWGs sunscreen database rates the safety and efficacy of about 1,700 products with SPF, including about 600 sunscreens for beach and sports. We give high ratings to brands that provide broad-spectrum, long-lasting protection with ingredients that pose fewer health concerns when the body absorbs them.
Cream, spray or powder and how often? Sprays and powders cloud the air with tiny particles of sunscreen that may not be safe to breathe. Choose creams instead. Reapply them often, because sunscreen chemicals break apart in the sun, wash off and rub off on towels and clothing.
Message for men: Wear sunscreen. Surveys show that 34 percent of men wear sunscreen, compared to 78 percent of women. Start using it now to reduce your cumulative lifetime exposure to damaging UV radiation.
Got your Vitamin D? Many people dont get enough vitamin D, which skin manufactures in the presence of sunlight. Your doctor can test your level and recommend supplements or a few minutes of sun daily on your bare skin (without sunscreen).
4. Sun Safety Tips For Kids
Kids are more vulnerable to sun damage. A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a persons lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. The best sunscreen is a hat and shirt. After that, protect kids with a sunscreen thats effective and safe. Take these special precautions with infants and children:
Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sun as much as possible. Their skin is not yet protected by melanin. So when you take your baby outside:
Cover up Wear protective clothing, tightly woven but loose-fitting, and a sun hat.
Make shade Use the strollers canopy or hood. If you cant sit in a shady spot, put up an umbrella.
Avoid midday sun Take walks in the early morning or late afternoon.
Follow product warnings for sunscreen on infants under 6 months old Most manufacturers advise against using sunscreens on infants or urge parents and caregivers to consult a doctor first. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that small amounts of sunscreen can be used on infants as a last resort when shade cant be found.
Toddlers and Children
Sunscreen plays an essential part of any day in the sun. However, young childrens skin is especially sensitive to chemical allergens as well as the suns UV rays. When choosing a sunscreen, keep these tips in mind:
Test the sunscreen by applying a small amount on the inside of your childs wrist the day before you plan to use it. If an irritation or rash develops, try another product. Ask your childs doctor to suggest a product less likely to irritate a childs skin.
Slop on sunscreen and reapply often, especially if your child is playing in the water or sweating a lot.
Choose your own sunscreen for daycare and school. Some childcare facilities provide sunscreen for the kids, but you can bring your own if you prefer a safer, more effective brand. Share EWGs safe sunscreen tips and product suggestions with your childs caregiver.
Sun Safety at School
Sometimes school and daycare policies interfere with childrens sun safety. Many schools treat sunscreen as a medicine and require the child have written permission to use it. Some insist that the school nurse apply it. Other schools ban hats and sunglasses on campus. Here are a few questions to ask your school:
What is the policy on sun safety?
Is there shade on the playground?
Are outdoor activities scheduled to avoid midday sun?
Teenagers coveting bronzed skin are likely to sunbathe, patronize tanning salons or buy self-tanning products. Not good ideas. Researchers believe increasing UV exposure may have caused the marked increase in melanoma incidence among women born after 1965. Tanning parlors expose the skin to as much as 15 times the UV radiation of the sun and likely contributed to melanoma increases. Many chemicals in self-tanning products have not been tested for safety; the major self-tanning chemical, dihydroxyacetone, is not approved by FDA for use in cosmetics around the eyes.
Tan does not mean healthy. Here are a few more tips for teens:
Make sunscreen a habit for every outdoor sport and activity.
Find sun-protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses that you like to wear.
To parents of teens: Be good role models let your teen see you protecting yourself from the sun.
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