A very important aspect of maintaining healthy skin and preventing skin cancer is the regular use of sunscreen. It is important for you to understand the proper usage and type of sunscreen to apply to gain the best results.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF SUN EXPOSURE TO THE SKIN?
- CANCER – These cancers include Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
- SUN SPOTS – Small reddish spots and others are all related to prolonged, unprotected sun exposure.
- WRINKLES, LEATHERY SKIN – Excess time in the sun also leads to early aging of the skin.
WHAT TYPE OF SUNSCREEN SHOULD BE USED?
Sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 should be used. Also, make sure it is protective against both UVA and UVB radiation.
WHEN SHOULD SUNSCREEN BE APPLIED AND HOW?
Sunscreen should be applied whenever you think you are going to be exposed to the sun for more than 20 minutes. Sunscreen should be applied to dry skin about 30 minutes before going outdoors. It needs to be applied to all areas of the skin, especially the hands, arms, neck and face. Sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming or perspiring heavily. Extra care needs to be taken when you are on concrete, snow, sand or water, because these surfaces will reflect light, leading to increased exposure to the harmful UV light from the sun.