Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shedding the Light on Sun Screen

Did You Know? UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays cannot penetrate glass windows, but UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays can, leaving you prone to damaging effects if unprotected. For days when you are going to be indoors, apply sunscreen on the areas not covered by clothing, such as the face and hands.

Ok, so most (probably all) of us will not be wearing sunscreen all day every day even inside, but what about when you go outside.

-Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors being sure to apply to all exposed areas of the skin (most people apply only 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen).
-Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Sunscreens rub off as well as wash off, so be sure to reapply sunscreen often.

But which sunscreens are best? Glad you asked.

-Creams: use on the face and for those with dry skin
-Gels: use on hairy areas (such as scalp or male chest)
-Sticks: use around the eyes
-There are also sunscreens made for sensitive skins as well as those made specifically for babies.

Ideally, all sunscreens should be water-resistant and should have a SPF of 30 or higher.

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