How to Protect Your Skin in the Sun

One does find it difficult to control themselves during summer. Hitting the beach, pool parties and barbecues and don’t forget about the endless parties lead to a person spending a huge amount of time in the sun.

While all these activities are fun they can prove to be extremely harmful in the long run. Spending time in the sun can cause short term damage to your skin in the form of sun tans and burns and in the long run it could be the cause of premature aging and some types of skin cancer.

Since this is such a grave issue one must take care to protect their skin in the best way that they possibly can. It also helps to take a few precautions. Here are some helpful tips to keep your skin clear and protected from the harmful rays of the sun this summer.

It is important to use products that contain an SPF factor. This helps to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If any of your products do not contain SPF then you need to forget about them completely and the same can be said about products with an SPF lesser than 15.

Invest in products that contain an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin. Sunscreen lotions are a great investment and you must use a generous amount of sunscreen lotion on your hands, legs and all the exposed parts of your body.

Every product that you use has a shelf life and ideally you must avoid using products for more than 12 to 24 months. Now, if you are using products for more than 2 years you definitely need to throw them out and get new products.

In order to get maximum benefit from the products that you use you must reapply them constantly. Ideally you will need to reapply your sunscreen every 3 hours. You will also need to reapply your sunscreen lotion each time you dip into the pool or when you sweat profusely.

Though your sunscreen lotion may state that it is waterproof some of it may get washed out with the water so reapplying it will help save your skin from a lot of harm.

Even though you may be tempted to spend a great amount of time in the sun you must avoid being outdoors between 11 am and 3 pm. At this time the sun is at its peak and causes the greatest amount of harm so it is best to stay indoors at this time.