Natural Beauty Care Guide

Sun Protection

UV rays contribute to premature wrinkling, skin cancer and skin burning as well. In addition both kind of rays (UVA and UVB) can cause suppression of immune system in skin, which protect one from development and spread of skin cancer.

Adults and children should use sun protection daily. Most sunscreen products have a sun protection factor (SPF) rating on them. Generally, people with fair skin and light eyes need a strong sun protection factor. Sunscreen should be applied before going out in to the sun and reapply every two hours when working, playing or exercising outdoors. Protect your sun with a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Apply this product 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use waterproof sunscreen when swimming as the body will catch the sun. Reapply hourly to maintain adequate protection. Use a higher sun protection factor on the face, hands, arms and shoulders (if they're exposed) and lips can get sunburned, so you apply a lip balm containing a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

When Sun Protection should begin?

Sun protection should begin as soon as a baby is born and continue throughout life. Babies should be kept out of direct sun light, especially those under six months old. Do not apply sunscreen to children under six month of old. Make sure children under six months of age wear a hat and are well protected from the sun's rays.

We now know that if a baby or child has a serious sun burn when they are young they are more prone to skin cancer when adults always protect your child by putting a sun block all over the exposed skin on his body and giving him a hat to wear which shades his face and neck. Sun block should be at least factor 20, which is specially designed for babies and children.

Minimize sun exposure, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 Am to 4 P.M., when solar radiation is most intense.

Wear appropriate clothing during prolonged periods in the sun-tight textile weave, long sleeves, pants and a full-brim hat.

Apply sunscreens even on cloudy days, when 40 to 80 percent of the sun's rays can penetrate the clouds .Beware of reflective surfaces; sand, snow, concrete and water can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun's damaging rays.

Outdoor workers have a higher risk of skin cancer. They should always use UV protection and check their skin. If you do get sunburn, the skin will be red, feeling tight and sore. In this case, cool the body with tepid water. Soothe the skin with calamine lotion or plain yogurt.

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