Ultraviolet rays are the number one enemy of the skin, both in the case of adults and in the case of the little ones, when we are outdoors, under the scorching sun of summer, either on a walk or on a long day at the beach. Sun protection creams are the ones that protect us against the harmful action of ultraviolet.
When sun protection is improperly applied, however, it increases the risk of sunburn, premature aging of the skin, and even more serious skin conditions, including dreaded cancer. Find out what are the most common mistakes regarding sun protection.
1. Apply sunscreen once
The application of sunscreen is not done once, before going to the beach, being an unhealthy habit. The cream should be applied every two hours so that our skin has the safest protection.
Carefully read the label of the product you use, because if you have the habit of keeping the cream from one vacation to another, it may have expired. Do not store the cream in places with moisture, do not keep it in direct sunlight or in rooms too hot, because they are factors that lead to their faster deterioration.
2. "I do not tan, I do not use protective cream"
Many people associate bronze with sun protection, which is why they do not have to protect themselves, because they will obtain a copper color of the skin. It is a mistake, because the cream does not prevent you from tanning. On the contrary, the sun protection factor not only protects you from skin conditions, but helps you to have a beautiful, even tan, because it protects you from skin burns and the appearance of red spots. No skin type was naturally protected against UVA and UVB radiation.
3. Do not use protective lotions except at the seaside holiday
Statistics show that worldwide, over 2 million people suffer from skin cancer, and the incidence of the disease is increasing. The World Health Organization recommends, for the prevention, the use of lotions and sunscreens not only during the holidays spent at the beach. The protection is useful even on hot summer days, especially if you have many roads to make through the scorching sun. Apply lotion not only on the skin, but also on other areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun's rays.
4. Do not use cream with the right protective factor
It is the SPF (the sun protection factor) that determines how well protected a person is in the sun. Thus, the higher the protection factor, the better it will be protected from radiation.
Everyone should use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. The skin of children is more sensitive than that of adults, being more prone to sunburn, so it is good for them to use a protection cream with SPF 50 +.
5. Do not use cream all over the body
The application of the protective cream does not have to be done only on a certain part of the body, on the most exposed areas, being a mistake. The cream should be applied evenly, all over the skin. You should also check to see if the lotion or cream protects you not only from type B ultraviolet rays, but also type A ultraviolet rays. After applying the cream, massage it with slow movements until it penetrates well into the skin.
Don't forget to apply the protective cream on areas you may not have thought you could suffer from because of UV rays. It is about the pavilions of the ears, about the scalp, but also about the lips. For lip protection, balm containing ideal protective factor is ideal.
6. Do not apply the cream at the right time
Another mistake you can make is to apply the protection factor when you are already at the beach. The specialists recommend that the application of the cream or lotions should be done 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure.
7. Use protective products only in summer
If adults are more resistant to ultraviolet rays, children are more sensitive. Therefore, parents should give the little ones with protective cream and in the other months of the year, on areas exposed to direct sunlight.
8. Do not reapply the cream after entering the water
This is one of the most common mistakes we can make, both for adults and children. The cream and lotion should be reapplied after you have taken a bath, whether it is sea salt or pool water.
When you are at the beach, take additional protective measures, such as wearing a hat and sunglasses.
9. You rely on makeup products that provide protection
The foundation often contains sun protection factor. If you use a foundation that also has sun protection factor, that does not mean you should not apply protection cream. The foundation will not replace the cream, because it can not cope as well with solar radiation. Before applying the foundation, use a UV cream.
10. Expose yourself to the sun at the wrong time
We all like to be left in the sun, but it is important not to forget the doctors' recommendations. Thus, both in order to prevent sunburns, but also to reduce the risk of sunburns and cardiovascular problems, sun exposure should be done until noon and after noon after 4:00 pm. If you have to leave the house at times when the radiation level is higher, be careful to cover your head and wear light clothing, which does not promote perspiration, from material such as cotton.
11. If there are clouds, do not use cream
The cloudy sky is by no means a guarantee that you will no longer be exposed to the danger of radiation. The specialists point out that we must use sunscreen even if we catch a day of sun-drenched beach. Only then do you make sure that you give your skin the protection it needs.
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