The Importance of Sunscreen

The skin is the outermost tissue of the body as well as the largest organ in terms of weight and surface area. The skin is the body’s largest organ because, it makes up ±15% of an adults total weight.

The best way of protecting the skin is by preventing it from any damage, because prevention is better than cure.

Sunscreen is the safest way to protect your skin against skin cancer and pre mature ageing. However, it is not as effective unless applied correctly. Follow these tips when applying sunscreen:

1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage.

  • It protects you from UVA & UVB rays.

2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors.

  • It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and to protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.

3. Use enough sunscreen.

  • Most adults need at least one ounce (30ml), about the number you can hold in your palm, to fully cover all exposed areas to your body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.

4. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin.

  • Remember your neck, face, ears, top of feet and legs. To protect your lips, apply lip balm with an SPF of 15.

5. Re-apply sunscreen at least every 2 hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

  • Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV Rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter.

 

Article by Monique Venter

Take care of your skin and be the beautiful person you are, inside and out!

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