Skin Types Sunscreen Products Spf

Skin Types,​ Sunscreen Products & SPF
Whether you’re outdoors for​ recreational or​ work purposes,​ repeated exposure to​ the​ sun will have its natural consequences for​ your skin . ​

Regardless of​ color,​ skin that is​ repeatedly exposed to​ the​ sun tends to​ become tough and​ thick . ​
Beyond the​ middle years of​ adulthood,​ the​ results can include wrinkly,​ leathery skin . ​

Irrespective of​ the​ circumstances for​ sun exposure,​ selecting a​ sunscreen product that offers some degree of​ protection from the​ sun’s UV rays can be one way to​ protect your skin from these ageing affects . ​

Due to​ the​ variety and​ range of​ sunscreen products available,​ here are some basic factors to​ consider in​ making an​ appropriate selection
1 . ​
Sunscreen products can be made with ingredients to​ protect against UVA rays,​ and​ / or​ other ingredients to​ protect against UVB rays which are in​ fact more harmful for​ sun burning than UVA rays . ​
the​ best products offer ingredients for​ protection from both UVA and​ UVB rays . ​
Consider also the​ actual ingredient list . ​
I . ​
e . ​
Are they naturally derived / safe,​ or​ do they contain potentially harmful chemicals? . ​

2 . ​
SPF Sun Protection Factor
The SPF number on​ the​ product’s label refers to​ the​ strength of​ protection,​ and​ the​ length of​ time a​ sunscreening product will allow your skin to​ be in​ the​ sun without burning relative to​ the​ length of​ time bare skin or​ skin without the​ product applied would burn or​ redden . ​

To sum that up,​ the​ SPF number tells people how much longer they can last out in​ the​ sun with protection for​ their skin,​ without being burned . ​
the​ higher the​ SPF number,​ the​ longer the​ period of​ protection against the​ sun . ​

For example,​ let’s say ‘Joe’,​ a​ young student,​ would normally burn after 12 minutes of​ being out in​ the​ sun . ​
He applies a​ sunscreen,​ also referred to​ as​ a​ sun block,​ with an​ SPF of​ 15 . ​
This means that he should be fine for​ 15 times his average amount of​ protection time . ​
in​ other words,​ ‘Joe’ would be protected for​ up to​ 3 hours . ​
Here’s the​ formula for​ calculating
12 minutes x 15 SPF = 180 minutes 3 hours . ​

Now if​ ‘Joe’ applied a​ sunscreen with an​ SPF of​ 30,​ he’d be protected for​ up to​ 6 hours . ​
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g . ​
12 minutes X 30 SPF = 360 minutes 6 hours . ​

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Skin Type
When selecting a​ sunscreen,​ it’s important to​ consider the​ different skin types and​ how they react with exposure to​ the​ sun . ​

Young children for​ ages 6 months+,​ consider a​ product with SPF of​ 15 or​ higher to​ protect against both sun tanning and​ burning . ​
Also consider a​ product label that lists protection against both UVA and​ UVB rays also known as​ the​ broadspectrum . ​

Skin Type Very Fair This skin type generally burns quickly . ​
Tanning is​ rare . ​
Consider sunscreen products containing SPF 20 to​ 30 . ​

Skin Type Fair This skin type almost always burns easily . ​
Some tanning can occur,​ although not much . ​
Consider sunscreen products containing SPF 12 to​ 20 . ​

Skin Type Light This skin type burns in​ the​ moderate range . ​
Tanning is​ normally gradual,​ yielding a​ light brown shade . ​
Consider sunscreen products containing SPF 8 to​ 12 . ​

Skin Type Medium This skin type burns in​ the​ minimal range . ​
Tanning happens much of​ the​ time,​ yielding a​ moderate brown shade . ​
Consider sunscreen products containing SPF 4 to​ 8 . ​

Skin Type Dark This skin type rarely burns . ​
Tanning occurs big time,​ yielding a​ dark brown shade . ​
Consider sunscreen products containing SPF 2 to​ 4 . ​

Skin Type Other This skin type includes people with moles or​ whose close bloodrelatives have a​ history of​ moles,​ people with skin cancer in​ their family histories including melanoma,​ and​ people with very fair skin and​ hair . ​
as​ this is​ a​ highrisk category for​ health damage from too much UV exposure,​ consider using sunscreen products with the​ highest SPF available,​ combined with light to​ moderate sun exposure . ​

Once you’ve selected the​ most suitable sunscreen product,​ and​ regardless of​ your skin type,​ apply your sunscreen ‘before’ going out into the​ sun’s rays . ​
to​ ensure the​ best possible UV protection,​ the​ sunscreen product should also be spread fairly thick,​ and​ in​ a​ uniform manner over all areas of​ the​ skin that will be exposed to​ the​ UV rays . ​

Whatever your current circumstances and​ choices are for​ going out in​ the​ sun,​ taking appropriate care of​ your skin ‘now’ will help determine a​ healthier and​ youngerlooking skin in​ the​ future . ​

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