The word is out – sunscreen is imperative to protect your skin. Avoiding sun damage (by using sunscreen, or simply staying out of the sun) is critical in the prevention of skin cancer. And, of course, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is also important in the fight against aging.
Most of us have heard about the importance of sunscreen (for both health and beauty), but many are still not using a daily sunscreen. And a lot of people who are using sunscreen are still failing to use it properly. So here’s some basic information about the proper use of sunscreen in order to protect your skin.
Sunscreen should be applied every day.
You should apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of the body every day – not just when it is bright and sunny. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate clouds, so you risk sun damage even on an overcast winter day. And UVA rays can penetrate windows, so don’t think you can skip the sunscreen just because you’re indoors or driving in a car. Make it a habit: apply sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather.
Sunscreen should be applied liberally.
It is recommended that one ounce of sunscreen is the proper amount to cover the exposed areas of the body (of course, it will vary depending on the amount of exposed skin). The point is; this is not the time to skimp. Slather on the sunscreen, paying particular attention to the face and hands, as these are the areas that get the most sun exposure. And don’t forget vulnerable areas like exposed areas of the scalp (the part in your hair or that “thinning” patch), lips, and the front and back of the neck.
Sunscreen should be applied early and often.
Make sure to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outdoors, and a minimum of every two hours that you’re outside. You should apply more frequently (as frequently as every 30 minutes) if you are sweating or swimming. Apply it liberally each time, making sure you’re covering all exposed areas of the skin.
Remember that everyone needs sunscreen.
Regardless of the color of your skin, or how easily you tan, you need to protect your skin for the sun’s harmful rays. Remember, too, that there is no such thing as a safe way to tan. A tan is an outward sign of the sun’s damage to the skin. Tanning and burning are both harmful to the skin, and both increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate the skin’s aging process.
And it’s never too late to start protecting your skin. It’s always wise to protect your skin now, even if you hadn’t protected it in the past. And if you are battling the signs of aging due to some past “sun-worshipping,” a Bel Mondo Anti-aging Bio Cellulose Mask can help repair the damage and make your skin look and feel healthier and younger.