Reap­ply­ing sun­screen can save your skin from dif­fer­ent dis­eases

Here are some tips to keep in mind be­fore buy­ing a sun­screen

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -


If you thought that you could just lather your­self in sun­screen, head out for a long day, and come home sunburn free––you’re wrong. Not only would your skin be roasted, you could fall prey to sev­eral dis­eases. So to avoid this, you can just reap­ply sun­screen dur­ing the day. As we all know, sun­screens are prod­ucts com­bin­ing sev­eral in­gre­di­ents that help pre­vent the sun’s ul­travi­o­let (UV) ra­di­a­tion from reach­ing the skin. How­ever, ap­ply­ing it once isn’t suf­fi­cient. It could get rubbed off eas­ily, or some of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents in sun­screen can be bro­ken down over time, and can re­lease dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals, which could cause skin dis­eases.

It is also im­por­tant to se­lect the right sun­screen that pro­tects your skin from the harm­ful ul­tra vi­o­let rays.

Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind be­fore buy­ing a sun­screen.

Se­lect the right SPF ( Sun Pro­tec­tive Fac­tor): SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks about 97%, and SPF 45 blocks about 98%. No sun­screen blocks 100% of UVB rays

■ Look for a wa­ter re­sis­tant sun­screen: Though no sun­screen brand can claim that they are wa­ter proof but they do have dif­fer­ent lev­els of wa­ter re­sis­tance. Keep ap­ply­ing af­ter ev­ery 40-80 min­utes as you step out in the sun.

■ Ap­ply in abun­dance: We shouldn’t be a miser when it comes to ap­ply­ing it on our body.

■ Reap­ply af­ter ev­ery 15 to 30 min­utes: Re­search sug­gest that reap­ply­ing the sun­screen af­ter ev­ery 15 to 30 min­utes af­ter go­ing out in the sun is more pro­tec­tive than wait­ing for 2 hours.

■ Don’t for­get to ap­ply it all over your body: It’s not just your face and neck that is ex­posed to the sun when you step out.

■ Ap­ply sun­screen on your hands and legs and ev­ery pos­si­ble part which will be ex­posed to the sun.

■ Ap­ply sun­screen spray in­stead of cream: Sun­screen sprays are a bet­ter way of pro­tect­ing your skin from UV rays. They are easy to ap­ply and all it takes is the right ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure.

■ Sun­screens don’t lead to vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency: This has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven so don’t need to worry about it.

■ Choose a broad spec­trum sun­screen: A broad­spec­trum sun­screen pro­tects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.


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