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Everything You Need To Know About Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

It is important to apply sun protection factor (SPF) before sun exposure, ideally 30 minutes before. This allows the sunscreen to form a protective barrier on the skin and provide maximum sun protection. Most sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming, sweating, towel drying, or physical activity.

Kampus / Pexels / To make the most out of your sun protection factor (SPF) routine, make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to getting exposed to the sun.

When applying sunscreen, make sure to cover all exposed areas of your skin, including the back of your neck and ears. Include any areas that may not usually see the sun but could get exposed, such as the tops of your feet and hands. Make sure you use enough sunscreen – approximately two teaspoons for your face and body. This ensures that your skin is fully protected from sun damage.

Choosing the Right SPF

When choosing a sun protection factor (SPF), selecting the right level for your skin type and sun exposure is important. Generally, SPF 15 is considered adequate sun protection for most people who are not regularly exposed to long periods of sun or high-intensity sun rays. For those spending extended periods in direct sun exposure or have sensitive skin or a history of sunburns, an SPF 30 or higher should be used.

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It is also important to ensure that the sunscreen you choose offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. These can cause sun damage, such as premature aging, sunburns, and an increased risk of certain types of skin cancer. Many brands now offer sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection, so you can be sure you are getting the best sun protection possible.

Tips for Using SPF

– Always apply sunscreen before sun exposure. And reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

– Make sure to cover all exposed areas of the skin.

– Use approximately two teaspoons of sunscreen per application.

– Choose a broad-spectrum sun protection factor (SPF) that is suitable for your skin type.

– Wear protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts when spending extended periods in direct sun exposure.

Kindel / Pexels / To make the most benefits of your SPFs, use at least two teaspoons of sunscreen every two hours. And make sure to apply it at least 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.

– Avoid sunbathing during peak times when sun rays are the strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 pm).

– Use sunscreens that are water-resistant to ensure they last longer when swimming or sweating.

– Avoid sun tanning, as this increases your risk of skin damage and cancer.

– Check expiration dates on sunscreens periodically and make sure to discard any sunscreens that have expired.

– Consult a dermatologist if you have any questions about sun protection.

By taking these simple steps, you can ensure you are getting the best possible sun protection for your skin type. Plus, you are minimizing the chances of skin damage from sun exposure. Sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine and should be used year-round to protect skin from sun damage.

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