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Be sure to apply sunscreen properly when going to the beach

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PT Health Life – Spending hours playing on the summer beach can negatively affect your skin. Therefore, applying sunscreen correctly and sufficiently is an important step to protect healthy skin.

‏According to statistics in the United States, each year there are more than 5 million cases of skin cancer , 20% of which occur at the age of 70. It is worth mentioning that the majority of these cases can be prevented by protecting skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays . So use sunscreen every day – especially when going to the beach in summer.

‏1. Choose sunscreen suitable for your skin type‏

Using sunscreen has many benefits. Sunscreen helps prevent signs of aging such as melasma , dark spots, premature wrinkles … It also helps protect the skin, avoid sunburn , and reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.

‏Therefore, choose the right sunscreen to protect your skin, especially when going to the beach in the summer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using sunscreen with the following effects:‏

  • ‏”Broad spectrum” protection (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) ‏
  • ‏Sun protection factor SPF 30 or SPF 50: SFP 30 filters 96.7% of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and SPF 50 filters 98%.‏
  • ‏Water resistant for at least 40 to 80 minutes. ‏

‏UVA rays are associated with wrinkles, dark spots and skin aging, while UVB rays are the rays that cause sunburn and are most associated with skin cancer.‏

‏‏If you have sensitive skin, choose a mineral-based sunscreen, containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – these active mineral ingredients are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than the ingredients in chemical sunscreens such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate and octinoxate.

‏Choose the right sunscreen to protect your skin.‏

‏2. Apply sunscreen properly‏

Once you have chosen the right sunscreen, you need to apply it properly. Skin needs time to absorb sunscreen.

No matter what type of sunscreen you use, just make sure you apply it to your skin at least 15 minutes before going outside to all exposed areas. ‏

‏Some tips to apply sunscreen properly:‏

  • ‏ According to Drugs, some doctors recommend a “teaspoon” rule to get the right amount of sunscreen: About 1 teaspoon of sunscreen for face and neck, 2 teaspoons for chest and back, 1 teaspoon teaspoon for each arm (front, back, and hands), and 2 teaspoons for each leg (front, back, and feet).‏
  • ‏Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm with sun protection with SPF 30 or higher.‏
  • ‏Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.‏
  • ‏Note areas that are often overlooked without sunscreen such as the feet, nape of the neck, ears, hands and instep. Areas of the scalp exposed due to baldness or thinning hair should also be protected with a hat or umbrella.‏
  • ‏Use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy and there’s no sun. ‏

‏For young children, sunscreen is used for children 6 months and older. Babies under 6 months old should avoid direct exposure to sunlight by wearing long clothes, wearing a hat with a brim and keeping them in the shade.

‏Apply sunscreen properly 15-30 minutes before going out.‏

3. ‏Is spray sunscreen effective?‏

Spray sunscreen offers convenience and quick application. They absorb quickly and don’t feel greasy and don’t take much effort.

However, the spray form also makes it difficult for you to know whether the amount you are applying is really enough to protect your skin or not, especially spraying sunscreen outdoors in the wind increases the likelihood of you missing many areas. on the skin. ‏

‏Instead of spraying directly, it’s best to spray sunscreen onto your hand and then apply it evenly on your skin to avoid missing any areas.‏

‏Note never spray sunscreen around or near the face or mouth. Use caution when using around sources of ignition such as ovens or lighters as they are flammable.‏

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