Let’s talk about Sunscreen Protection

by Cheysa Brito
Why do I need to protect?
Even the mildest sunburn can increase your risk of developing melanoma (a type of skin cancer). The more often you are burnt, and the more severe the sunburn is the higher your risk. Though sunburn eventually fades, long term damage to skin cells remains.
How does it work?
According to Cancer Council Australia, sunscreen reduces the amount of UV radiation reaching your skin by providing a barrier to absorb or filter UV rays away from your skin. This prevents damage to the cells below, in the dermis and subcutaneous layer. 
There are 2 types of rays. These are called ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVB rays consist of shorter wavelengths that can cause burns, wrinkles, and age spots. UVA rays are longer and can lead to burns and skin cancers. This is why it is essential to get a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect you against the two damaging types of UV rays.
The Sun and Australia.
The UV index in Australia is above 3. It is high all year round, especially during the summer months. Hence, you need to take particular care when spending time outdoors. Get your sunscreen now by clicking here.
It takes about 20 minutes for sunscreen to start providing you with complete protection after putting it on. Make a habit of putting your sunscreen on each morning, for instance, after your skincare routine, so that by the time you leave the house, your sunscreen is ready to protect.
Sunscreen will also protect your skin from daily life sun exposure. This includes driving, walking your dog, or taking your kids to the park. Remember, sunscreen doesn’t last all day, so I will definitely suggest reapplying every 2 to 4 hours to make sure you get complete protection. Make a habit of putting on more sunscreen before you head outside.
Also, remember to reapply after swimming, sweating or towel drying. Finally, it is a good idea to keep a small tube of sunscreen in your bag or at your workplace so you can top up your sun protection at any moment. For extra protection, pack a hat as well as sunnies.
How to use it?
Apply generously. As a general rule, adults should use:
→ One teaspoon for the face, neck and ears.
→ One teaspoon for each arm and leg.
→ One teaspoon for each the front and back of the body.
Do I tan if I’m wearing sunscreen?
Good news! Yes, you can still get a tan while wearing sunscreen. Don’t worry, the more you protect, the more beautiful your tan will be!

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