How to protect your skin against the sun

How to protect your skin against the sun

September 11, 2019

If you are planning to visit the beach, it is very important to know how you can prevent your skin from the sun. You can use sunscreen to protect your skin against the UV light. By applying a good amount of sunscreen you can prevent you from burning. For this you can use two different types of sunscreen, namely creams that filter the UV rays and creams that reflect the UV rays, such as a mirror. This last type of sunscreen is also called a sunblocker and is more effective than a sunscreen that filters out UV radiation. However, the disadvantage is that your skin is covered with a green layer, which does not look that attractive. Sunscreen protection factor A sun protection factor (SPF) is assigned to a sunscreen.

Protection from the sun

This protection factor is usually on the front of the product and indicates to what extent the sunscreen protects your skin from the sun. If there is a factor of 15 in the bottle, this means that the period that you can sit in the sun without burning is 15 times as long. Suppose that you normally burn after 10 minutes of sunbathing, then after smearing with a factor of 15, you only get red burn spots after 10x15 minutes. Which factor you need depends on your skin type. People who turn brown quickly need a lower factor than people who are naturally reddish and white. It is sensible to anoint children with a factor of 20 or 30+. If you have skin type 1 (very light skin), you can also use that factor. For skin type 2 it is advisable to apply a factor of 20 - 30+. If you have skin type 3 or 4, you only need a sunscreen with a maximum of 15. It is also good to pay attention to the fat content in sunscreen creams. People with dry skin are better off opting for oily creams than people with oily skin or an aptitude for acne.

Applying sunscreen: how should I use it?

A sunscreen only works well if you have applied it correctly. And here it often goes wrong. Many people apply the cream too thinly to the skin or spots such as the ears and knees are skipped. The following are therefore some instructions on how you can best apply sunscreen: Apply sufficient sunscreen on your skin. In general, optimum protection is achieved if 2 milligrams of cream are applied per square centimeter of skin. Apply thirty minutes before you go into the sun so that the cream can absorb well. Repeat the lubrication regularly. Re-lubricate at least every two hours and immediately re-apply when you come out of the water. Make sure that all parts of your skin that come into contact with the sun are rubbed. So also your ears, feet, knees and hands. Don't forget your lips either. You can use special sunscreen sticks for this. Also apply if you are in shade. Sun rays can also come through the parasol and the leaves.


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