Posted for Sun Tanning On September 14, 2009
Safety against sunlight has been one of the major skin concerns among women. The importance of using sunscreen is known to everyone. However, what most people do not know is how to apply sunscreen correctly so that it protects the skin against the ill effects of the sun efficiently. In fact, how you apply the sunscreen is more important than the SPF number mentioned on the product!
The SPF or Sun Protection Factor of a sunscreen is how much time we can spend out in the sunwithout getting damaged by the sun\’s UV rays naturally. However, recent studies have found that a sunscreen labeled SPF 15 doesn\’t really mean you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could have without any sunscreen, but it is a good numerical value to use when considering the strength of a product.
More than the SPF is related to the time that can be spent out in the sun, it is related to the harmful ultraviolet radiations that penetrate the skins surface. Here are some key considerations while using sun screen products…
Sunscreens don\’t start working from the minute you apply them. Rather, they take about 30 minutes to get absorbed inside the skin surface and start the protection process. So make sure you apply your sunscreen at least 15-20 minutes before your venture out in the sun.
Apply sunscreen all over the exposed parts of your body including your back, neck, ears, arms and feet.
Always wear protective clothing that covers your skin. You can also carry an umbrella or wear SPF rated clothing.
SPF 15 blocks about 93 percent of the UV-B radiations that are responsible for causing sunburns. SPF 30 absorbs nearly 97 per cent of the rays and SPF 50, 98 percent of the same. Thus you can see the difference between the SPF numbers is very marginal 30, so that is usually a good number to shoot for.
Once you know the intricacies of sun safety, it becomes easier to protect your skin against the sun!
Posted for Sun Tanning On August 29, 2009
Sunscreens are an essential ingredient of any skin care regimen. However, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding their use. Here are some of the most popular myths that I have come across regarding sunscreens.
Myth: People with Dark Skin don\’t need to use Sunscreens!
Myth: Sunlight can give you amazing Highlights
Myth: Tanning can zap zits!
Myth: Anything higher than SPF 30 is not necessary!
Posted for Sun Tanning On July 4, 2009
Here are some essential items you should always have with you when you venture out (or even stay indoors) during the summer so your skin is well protected.
Lip Balms with SPF
Posted for Sun Tanning On May 21, 2009
There is a popular misconception among people that higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of a sunscreen, the better it will be able to protect against sunlight. While this may be true in theory, practically it is not possible. There have been several studies that have proven that sunscreens with SPF 50+ are just as effective as a sunscreen with an SPF 30.
Efficiency of Sunscreens
Posted for Sun Tanning On May 13, 2009
SPF or ‘Sun Protection Factor’ is a determining measure of the ability of a sunscreen to prevent sun damage. There is a widespread misconception that the higher the SPF of a sunscreen, the better the protection it offers. However, that’s not the case.
What Is SPF?
Tips to Apply Sunscreen
So go ahead! have fun in the sun… with the sunscreen and other skin care products!
Posted for Sun Tanning On February 9, 2009
Is there any difference between sunscreens and sunblocks?
Yes, there is!
People often use the two terms interchangeably. But they are indeed different Though both, sunscreens and sunblocks aim to protect the skin against the harmful rays, how they do it makes all the difference.
Sunscreens absorb the ultraviolet radiations of the sunlight eliminating their harmful effects. When applied, it’s transparent on the skin and is absorbed easily. However, it tends to break down with time and thus needs to be reapplied frequently to ensure continued protection. Some of the main ingredients included in sunscreens are PABA, avenobenzone, octocylene, salicylates and cinnamates. If you are a more technical person, I suggest you copy and paste these ingredients into Wikipedia for more technical information.
Sunblocks on the other hand, reflect the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. In the past they were usually opaque on the skin and had a white look. However, some of the newer varieties are transparent. And unlike sunscreens, sunblocks don’t break down for a much longer period of time and do not need to be reapplied often. they have powerful ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that block the UVA and the UVB rays of the sunlight.
There are an extensive range of sun care products in the market. Many these days have other beneficial ingredients in them that also help your skin.
If you have to spend a lot of time under harsh sunlight, then you should use a good sunblock that will stay on for a long time without you having to reapply every two hours. Some of the latest varieties are more transparent so you won’t have to worry about the white film on your skin.
Whatever you choose, be it a sunscreen or a sunblock; make sure it provides ‘broad spectrum’ protection against sunlight!
Posted for Sun Tanning On December 17, 2008
Dual advantage beauty products… Multi-purpose cosmetics… Triple-action skin care products!
They are the new breed of Sun Care Products in the market. And the most popular version is cosmetic products with SPF benefits claiming to protect against sun damage.?
To enhance the appeal of the products, cosmetic manufacturers have started including sun filtering agents within them. So we have products like foundations containing SPF, moisturizers with sunscreens and so on. Fact remains that cosmetics that boast of SPF agents don’t really offer adequate protection against the harmful UVA/UVB radiations of the sun. They are no doubt a grade ahead of other cosmetics. However, they can’t negate the use of sunscreens at all.
Do You Need Separate Sunscreen?
So, there you go. Always apply your sunscreen let it get absorbed before you apply any other cosmetics. That’ll get you the best of both worlds!
Posted for Sun Tanning On October 6, 2008
What is summer without the Sun?
And where there is sun… there are sunburns.
Sunburns & Sun tanning are the most common of summer skin woes. Let us address the problem as a whole here:
Well… to start with, let me give you an idea about what exactly causes sunburns!
The sun emits UV radiations that penetrate through the deeper layers of the skin and prompts pre-mature aging of the skin. Thus the skin begins to show fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots! These rays are very harmful for the skin and should be avoided at all costs.
Moreover, when these rays enter your skin cells, they alter the DNA components and can lead to skin cancer in due course. Areas that are most exposed to sunlight are the ones at highest risk of developing the disease.
So, how do you know it is a sunburn or just a regular rash? Most cases of sunburn are not taken seriously because people mistake it for rashes.
Here are some common symptoms of sunburns:
Sunburns, if not treated correctly can intensify and lead to severe consequences. Therefore, it is but necessary that you take adequate precautions and prevention measures to rectify the situation.
Here are some tips:
• Use dollops of moisturizers on the affected area so as to soothe the skin and lock the moisture inside.
So, take care of these steps and stay away from the atrocities of the sun.