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Sunscreen is very important whether you are a man, woman or child. Too much sun is unwise and more importantly, without sunscreen is just plain ill-advised. By now, you should understand that overspending time in the sun is no good for your skin and the aging process. In fact, an Australian research done recently indicated that wearing sunscreen lotion could possible slowdown the skin aging process.

Things to Consider

Before you put on too much sunscreen though, bear in mind that there are several factors to consider such as the SPF, which is the sun protection factor. You also have to know the time of day to apply sunscreen such as days when you are going to spend more time in the sun. You also have to think about the activity that you are going to be involved in such as sitting at the pool for hours trying to get tanned.

How Often

Your sunscreen’s SPF, which you will see on the front of the sunscreen bottle gives you some idea of how much sunscreen to apply and how often. For example, if you are using SPF 15 sunscreen and it generally takes you 15 minutes out in the sun before you actually experience sunburn, then you should multiply the two numbers (SPF 15 by 15 minutes) to get a total of 225 minutes, which is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Most sunscreen usually last for up to two hours out in the sun, but be aware that some do not last as long. Over time, your skin uses up the active components in the sunscreen lotion and after a while, it has no effect. When you swim and sweat with sunscreen on, it also wears off much faster. So, you should think about reapplying sunscreen every hour when you are involved in swimming activities or working out in the sun.

Before, you dive back into the pool or go back out in the sun, sit and wait several minutes for the sunscreen lotion to soak into your skin. If the day is cloudy, that doesn’t mean that you pass up on applying sunscreen lotion. Not because you cannot feel the UV penetration into your skin on a cloudy day doesn’t mean that it is not there. UV rays are invisible and shouldn’t be taken lightly. You can still get sunburned on a cloudy day. In addition, UV ray penetration of the skin is not conducive to the aging process so be sure to be covered up with sunscreen to avoid this.

Wise Use

Sunscreen should not only be used to protect you from the sun or applied only when you are going out in the sun. It should be used when going out – period, whether it is sunny or cloudy. You shouldn’t think that you can stay out in the sun longer when you have it on.  You don’t want to damage your skin. The time of day determines when you should be conscious of your sunscreen lotion application. UV rays are stronger between 10 AM and 4 PM – sunny or cloudy. Try to avoid going outdoors during these hours. However, if you have to go outdoors, make sure you put on more sunscreen every two hours or every hour, for that matter, if it is possible.

Conclusion

How often do you apply sunscreen? After reading this article, do you cringe to know that you haven’t been doing it right? Let us hear your response by leaving comments below.