Choosing the Right Sunscreen & Knowing When to Apply It

Applying sunscreen, no matter what type of skin you have is vitally important for various reasons, the most obvious being protection from harmful UV rays which cause cancer. Skin cancer kills a huge number of people around the world each year, the risk of developing skin cancer is directly related to exposure. If you live in a warm climate and you are outdoors a lot of the time without protection, you put yourself at huge risk of getting skin cancer.

These tips will help you choose the most suitable sunscreen and give you recommendations on when to apply it.

When to Apply Sunscreen

Dermatologists and sun cream production specialists (or บริษัท ผลิต ครีม in the Thai Language) recommend wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, not just when the sun comes out. Many of us make the mistake of putting on sunscreen then immediately going outdoors before the product has had time to fully protect our skin. You should give your skin the chance to absorb the lotion before you venture outside, wait for at least 30 minutes before you leave your home, this gives the formula a chance to cover skin cells and protect your body.

Even if you work indoors, it is best to apply sunscreen in the morning, so if you have to run outdoor errands, you won’t have to think about protection.

SPF & Reapplication

Many of us are unsure about what strength sunscreen we should apply to our body’s and when to reapply it. Skin care experts suggest using at least a factor 30 to ensure your skin is properly protected from harmful UV rays. Research has shown that SPF 30 and higher offer sufficient protection and reduces the adverse effects of sun exposure.

Ideally, sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours, even more frequently if you are sweating profusely or swimming. The best time to apply sunscreen is when you are inside, it gives you a better chance to apply it more evenly, ensuring you don’t miss important areas.

Types of Skin

  • Children – You should always choose sunscreen that contains either zinc oxide or titanium oxide when picking a product for kids. Certain chemicals can irritate children’s skin, causing them to break out in rashes. You should always pick sunscreen, which is specifically designed for kids, spray tubes are usually more convenient for application purposes.
  • Older Adults – Older people will already have had a lot of exposure to the sun, but they can still benefit from applying sunscreen. Older adults should use SPF 30 or up to ensure they are adequately protected.
  • Dark & Fair Skin – Dark skinned people can use an SPF 15 applying sun cream, while fairer skinned individuals will need an SPF of 30+ to ensure they are properly protected from UV exposure.

Protecting your body from UV exposure is vitally important no matter how dark your skin is, you still need to protect it from the sun. Just because you don’t burn, doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t get damaged. Overexposure doesn’t just put you at risk of skin cancer, it also accelerates aging and destroys that youthful complexion. If you wish to stay safe in the sun, consider the points mentioned above.

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