How To Apply Sunscreen, The Right WayMar 29th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Health
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
As temperatures rise and the days grow longer, being outdoors is a larger part of most people’s days. However, with this increased amount of sun exposure there are many risks that a person should be aware of. Being sunburned is an easy way to ruin being outdoors for a while. But being sunburned is easily preventable if you know how to apply the right protection.
When tanning, going for a walk or simply getting ready for your workday, it is important to apply sunscreen. When tanning, it is important to get to know your skin type. If you have fair skin, then you will need to apply a stronger sunscreen, and also apply it more often. It is best to put your sunscreen on about 15 minutes before going outside. If you have tanner skin naturally, or more of an olive complexion, then you may not need as high a level of protection. Usually a 10-15 SPF is good to start.
It is also important to remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating. You should make sure than your face, ears, neck and feet are always covered with sunscreen. Those areas are more sensitive and likely to burn.
If you have prolonged exposure to the sun, such as spending a day at the beach, then it is best to bring other forms of protection from the sun as well. A large umbrella is a great way to take a break from the intensity of the sun after being exposed for a while. Also, a hat or long-sleeved cover-up will help prevent overexposure.
Another thing to remember, when spending time outside, is to stay hydrated. So make sure to drink plenty of water. Drinking water will not only prevent dehydration, it will also keep your skin hydrated and prevent your skin from drying out.