Do you really know how to maximize your protection against ultraviolet radiation? Sun protection products are all over the market. In fact, consumers are clamoring to buy products will SPF rating on the label. This is not bad; in fact, this simply means consumers are more aware of the harmful effects of UV radiation. But many people have confused notions about Sun Protection Factor or SPF and sunscreens in general. As such, in spite of maximizing the benefits of the products, they all go to waste.

Here are some pointers you have to keep in mind when you are using sunscreen on your skin.

1. SPF is not just about length of exposure to UVA or UVB, it about the amount of radiation you are exposed to. UV radiation early in the morning or late in the day is usually lower compared to 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Even if there is not much sun light, there is still UV radiation all around.

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2. Generally speaking, the higher the SPF the better. The higher the SPF means you have better protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

3. Use the right amount of sunscreen on your body. FDA recommends 2 mg/cm². Anything less is not good and anything more is a waste.

4. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly. Every 2 hours is acceptable but this really depends on what you are doing. If you are sweating a lot or you are swimming, you need to reapply more often.

5. Kids have more sensitive skin so make sure you apply sunscreen. Moreover, some sunscreens are formulated for kids and babies but they practically contain the same ingredients (though in different concentrations).

6. Let the sunscreen dry or get absorbed by the skin before you expose yourself to the sun. It is important that it is absorbed properly so that you get better protection. Of course different skin types may have different rates of absorptions. A 15-30 minute wait is a prudent course of action before basking in the sun’s harmful radiation.

Sunburn is just one among many problems that you can have when you are exposed to UVA and UVB radiation. But don’t take this skim damage lightly. Studies have found that getting sunburn can increase your chances of skin cancer. Just imagine most people get sunburn almost every year – even more.

Of course sunburn remedies and treatments are available, but the real problem can come out several years after regular UV exposure.

Protect yourself using sunscreen and common sense.


The author is like everyone else sick and tired of sunburn. Research was done to give everyone a heads up on how to protect effectively themselves from UV radiation. Learn the truth about SPF and sunscreen at http://hubpages.com/_fb01/hub/The-Truth-About-SPF-and-Sunscreen and protect yourself. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=JP_Carlos

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