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Information About Skin Care

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What is SPF?

Sunscreen skin care doesn’t finish when summer does. The summer sun can take a toll on your skin causing dryness, wrinkles, and brown spots but, summer’s not the only time skin damage can occur. Skin exposed to the sun in the fall, winter and spring can also cause damage and an increased incidence of skin cancer

.spf and skin protection

The Skin Cancer Foundation states that more than one million skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year. There are some simple steps to keep your skin protected no matter what time of year it is.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. The protective ingredients in sunscreen need time to react with the skin and start working.
Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. One to two ounces (the size of a shot glass) should be applied to the body and a teaspoon to the face.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Most blocking ingredients start to deteriorate after two hours once applied. Swimming, sweating, and drying off with a towel can remove the sunscreen even if it is waterproof.
Know the SPF numbers. An SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 99%. Take in consideration that the doubling of SPF numbers does not mean a doubling of protection.
Wear at least SPF 15 every day on your face and hands. These are the areas exposed to the sun the most all year round. Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF lip balm.
Be aware of the chemical laden sunscreens. Many of these toxins can penetrate the skin and cause health concerns.
Pick a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Skin damage can take place each time your skin is exposed to the sun without protection. That can add up to a lot of abuse over the course of a lifetime. A daily routine with sunscreen protection can go a long way in preventing dry, wrinkled, aging skin and lower your risk for skin cancer.

Contributed by : Minna Gruenke esthetician and foremost expert in skin care and anti aging.

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