The importance of using a sunscreen
Most people make the biggest mistake of not using sunscreens when going out. This is one mistake that would cost you not only your looks but the health of your skin would be compromised as well. It has been researched and proven that the harmful rays of the sun not only causes pre mature aging and tanning of the skin but too much of the rays can also cause skin cancer. Hence it is important that you protect yourself as well as your skin from this harm by using sunscreen regularly. Applying sunscreen before going out is one thing that you cannot afford to miss at any cost and should be a like an everyday ritual followed religiously.
Even if you stay at home it would be a good idea to dab sunscreen since the rays of the sun reaches the interiors of your home as well. You cannot be more mistaken if you thing that sunscreen should only be applied on sunny days or during the summer time. The harmful rays of the sun reach your skin through the clouds and during the winter time too, even if you do not feel it burning your skin. It has been proven that using sunscreen regularly helps keep your skin free of many problems like premature aging, rashes, tanning and dark spots.
The right way of applying sunscreen is all over your body that would be exposed to the sunrays. Apply the sunscreen at least twenty minutes before going out since this is the least time that the sunscreen needs to settle into your skin. To keep your skin completely protected, make sure you reapply the sunscreen to the exposed parts after every two hours or every time after washing your face or swimming or wiping your face. There are usually of sunscreens available in the market in three different forms, cream, water based and powder. Depending on your skin type choose one that suits you.
While buying your sunscreen check the sun protection factor or SPF, the higher the better. In general a sunscreen with SPF around 35 is enough for a sunny day. Also check the PA before buying, denoted by + signs after the words PA. Usually PA++ is enough but higher the better like SPF. SPF protects from UVB rays while PA protects from UVA rays. Hence you see the importance of using sunscreen before going into the sun.