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      Surprising sunscreen facts you must know

      Skin cancer is so common in America that one in every five Americans is likely to contract it! Exposing skin to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun increases the risk of developing skin cancer. To prevent this, it’s vital to apply sunscreen. This is applicable to everyone from babies to seniors and those with all kinds of skin types.

      SPF does not block everything

      SPF protects the skin against UVB rays that may burn your skin but there are other harmful UVA rays which penetrate the skin far more deeply and cause lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, skin damage and skin cancer. Make sure that your sunscreen is broad spectrum and blocks both types of rays. One more tip is to limit your exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their peak. Babies below six months must be kept protected from the sun’s rays.

      How much sunscreen is enough

      To protect your face, ears and neck, use a marble-size amount of sunscreen and for the whole body go for sunscreen, the amount that would fill a shot glass. If you plan to go biking or sweat a lot, consider using two layers of sunscreen.

      Areas you must not forget

      If you have a tattoo or a scar, there is no reason to neglect applying sunscreen over them. Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 35 on all scars. If neglected, skin darkening, skin damage and even skin cancer can result.  Lips, ears, hairline, neck, feet and hands are often forgotten, make sure that they are covered adequately by sunscreen too.

      Sunscreen is safe

      There are many people with the misconception that sunscreen is bad. There has been no death reported due to usage of sunscreen, yet people shy away from using it.

       

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