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The Secrets of a Successful Sun Tan

Posted Aug 13 2010 4:00pm
The Secrets of a Successful Sun Tan I am always very serious about sunscreen application, and I strictly apply it on a daily basis and try to persistently train others to do so (Yeah, sometimes I can be a pain in the neck. :) ) So here are five tips I put together based on what I have found to be interesting information about sunscreen application:
  1. Don’t skimp on sunscreen:
  2. Don’t try to skimp on your sunscreen, but apply sunscreen in a sufficient quantity. As an example, to protect your entire body, you will need 40 mL of sunscreen, which is approximately a small glass. To protect your face, use a volume of sunscreen the size of a coin.

  3. Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days or indoors:
  4. I never stop repeating that your skin needs to be protected regardless of whether it is directly exposed to the sun. It is recommended to apply sunscreen even on cloudy days in the winter to escape the harmful effects of UVA rays, which cause aging and skin cancer even on the gloomiest winter day. Moreover, UVA rays can penetrate the windows, so it is important to wear a sunscreen even if you are indoors. Wearing a sunscreen with a minimum of an SPF 15 will give you sufficient protection.

  5. Do not miss the vulnerable places:
  6. Just because you have long and thick hair, it does not mean that your head, neck, and ears are protected from the sun. If you are going out into the sun, preferably spray a sunscreen on these areas or wear a hat. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to the ears and both sides of the neck. This protection is also necessary for the lips, hands, and feet.

  7. Choose your Sun Protection Factor (SPF) correctly:
  8. Many people believe that the values of SPF differ in protection. As an example, people believe that SPF 15 is less protective than SPF 30. That is not quite true. It is important to note that SPF 15 protects from about 95% of UVB rays, and SPF 30 protects against approximately 98% of UVB rays. This is almost the same number! This means that increasing your SPF does not increase your defense or degree of protection.

    This simple formula explains the function of SPF:
    Multiply the level of SPF (SPF 30, as an example) by the number of minutes that you will burn in the sun without protection, and you will get the number of minutes that you are protected from the sun without the threat of sunburn. That is, if you normally burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure without protection, using SPF 30 during sun exposure will increase your protection to 300 minutes. This means that SPF 30 is often enough to provide you with sufficient protection.

  9. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day:
  10. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 90 minutes to remain effective, especially when you are exposed to strong UV rays from the sun. Just because a sunscreen says waterproof or water resistant on the label does not mean you can swim and lie out in the sun all day long without reapplying it. Waterproof sunscreen should provide protection in the water or after being dipped into the water for 80 minutes, while “water resistant” sunscreen provides only 40 minutes of protection.

    Do you apply sunscreen on a daily basis and do you wear it during cloudy days?

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