Most people are excited about summer time and that they can enjoy an excellent sunbathing. However, UV rays are still out there, so we need to know what is our best bet against them.
According to Jennifer Trudeau, Clinton County Health Department Registered Professional Nurse, you can prevent ultraviolet rays from harming your skin by choosing a safe and healthy sunscreen product.
UV rays are of two types: UVA rays and UVB rays. Even if UVB rays are more common, they are shorter and less dangerous than UVA rays which can penetrate the skin deeper, thus increasing the risk of developing skin cancer.
Besides cancer, prolonged exposure to the sun rays can lead to other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, fever, and headaches. Also, your skin might become swollen, tender, and red.
Experts usually recommend an SPF 30 sunscreen because it offers 97 percent protection against the sun rays. SPF comes from sun protection factor, and it shows the level of protection which the product provides you.
Products with higher SPF do not provide a much greater level of protection compared with the SPF30 sunscreen. Scientists recommend as well, that customers should look for products that have a broad spectrum label to make sure that they will be protected against both A and B ultraviolet rays.
Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure, and it should be reapplied at every two hours. In addition to this, experts advise people to reapply it also after swimming and excessive sweating.
Some ingredients were found to be dangerous for the skin. Some consumers can also be allergic to other ingredients, so the best way to prevent a rash or other allergic reaction would be for people to use a little drop of the sunscreen and rub it on their wrist to see if their skin experiences any change after 24 hours.
It is also worth mentioning that customers should never rely on the ‘waterproof’ label because every product loses its efficiency in contact with water or sweat. People need to check the expiration date to avoid any possible consequences for their health.
Parents must not use sunscreen on children younger than six months. Regarding the other parts of the sun protection package, scientists advise people to wear long sleeved shirts, hats, and sunglasses. It is also crucial for us to avoid exposure to the UV rays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. because these are the hottest hours of the day.