The sun is strong even when it is not out and UV light can penetrate clouds and damage your skin, so you need protection every day, even when it is cloudy. Up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day.
SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from ultraviolet light. UVA ultraviolet A rays penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and can lead to premature skin ageing and suppression of the immune system. UVB ultraviolet B rays penetrate the upper layers of the skin causing the skin to burn and this plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s rays from reaching your skin. An SPF of 15 or higher, does a great job of protecting against UVB. Unprotected skin takes about 20 minutes to turn red and SPF 15 prevents reddening 15 times longer. No sunscreen can block out all the UV rays, with an SPF 15 able to filter out approximately 93 percent of incoming rays, SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and an SPF 50, 98 percent. Sunscreens need to be reapplied after two hours to make sure they are staying effective
Children under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to the sun and anyone above that age should wear sunscreen on a daily basis. The key areas that people tend to forget when applying sunscreen are the neck and upper chest, lips, hands and feet. You need to apply a lip balm with SPF to your lips, as skin cancer in this area can be very dangerous and this is the most forgotten area of the body when applying sunscreen.
The after care of your skin is important to keep the moisture content and prevent dry skin. After sun and moisturisers are prevalent in our chemists and stores and there are a large number of excellent products like Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm which replace lost moisture and improve your skin texture.
Take care of your skin, it cannot be replaced, remember to use your sunscreen and perform a daily skin protection programme. Keeping your skin safe will keep it healthy.