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Use A Sunscreen Wisely And Protect Your Skin

Updated on May 6, 2011

All of us are aware that sun's UV rays are not good for our skin. If we expose ourselves excessively to these rays, wrinkles are certain to be formed. The problem is that the victims will look older than their calendar age. So, a good and suitable sunscreen lotion or cream must be used to protect our skin from the sun. But, even while using the sunscreen cream or lotion, we commit several mistakes. So, even after using the sunscreen, we lament that we have not got its benefits because the cream is not as effective as it ought to be. Let us look at the general mistakes we commit and how we should avoid them.

- The general mistake most of us commit is that only after getting outdoors, we remember that we have not applied the lotion or the cream. So, we immediately start applying it. This will not give us any benefit. This lotion or cream must be applied about 20 to 30 minutes before we venture out in the sun. The cream should be absorbed by the skin for which we should give sufficient time.

- The second mistake is that we tend to be stingy in applying the sunscreen cream. We should apply enough cream that is required by the skin. This is not to suggest that you should use excessive cream. The point that is being emphasized is that if you use less quantity of cream than what is necessary, your skin will not be protected properly. The quantity of sunscreen recommended for adults is 1 ounce. Sunscreen should be applied to all the body parts that are exposed to the sun's rays including the face, ears, neck and feet.

- You should never fail to apply sunscreen lotion or cream after sweating. You should remember that sunscreen can not protect your skin throughout the day. You are protected for about 45 minutes to 2 hours. If you sweat a lot or indulge in activities that make you perspire more, the effect of the sunscreen will last only for about 45 minutes. So, you should reapply the cream after sweating. By reading the label of the sunscreen, you can know how often it should be applied to derive optimum benefits.

- A few people have the wrong notion that they need to apply sunscreen only when it is sunny. The point is that it should be applied irrespective of whether it is sunny or otherwise. Sun's UV rays are so powerful that they can affect your skin even on a cloudy day.

If you follow these steps religiously and also make it a point to use a sunscreen that contains only natural ingredients, you can safely protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.


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