On Skin Protection

sun-protection

Summer is really in our midst. And going out of the house when the sun is up hurts not only the eyes but most especially the skin. Using a cap, or an umbrella and eyeglasses are just not enough to protect our body from the glaring heat of the sun. It is important to use or apply sunblock to our skin to prevent damage to this biggest organ in our body.

What sunblock to use? Choose the ones which offer broad spectrum protection, with titanium oxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients. They block both UVA and UVB rays. Choose carefully especially if you have sensitive skin. One with SPF (sun protection factor) 15 will do but if your skin burns fast, one with SPF 30 is better. Apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure, then re-apply every after two hours.

If sun exposure can be avoided, better do so between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The noontime heat causes the most damage to the skin. And we must avoid chronic sun exposure because it can lead to frightening and deforming skin cancers like melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

Beat the heat, enjoy summertime, but don’t forget to take care of your skin.
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