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UV Safety: Choose and Use Sunscreen the Right Way

Correct use of sunscreen is the key to UV safety. Know more…
Sunscreen is an essential skin care product to protect skin cells from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
2 types of UV rays reach the earth’s surface - UVA and UVB.
Major portion of it is UVA which has more severe skin damaging effects than UVB.
Sunscreen acts as a protective shield against UV rays. Prevents sunburn, tanning, and age spots. It also reduces risk of skin cancer.
Check the label of a sunscreen
for SPF (Sun Protection Factor) value. The higher the SPF value, the longer it can protect skin from sunburn.
If you go outdoors for a few minutes and can avoid peak hours (10am - 4pm), sunscreen with SPF 15 will work for you.
Those who spend long hours outdoors need sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Look for ‘broad spectrum’ label on sunscreen to get protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Water-based/gel-based sunscreen with ‘non-comedogenic’ label suits oily/acne prone skin.

Those with sensitive skin must use ‘hypoallergenic’ sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun. Give it time to get into the skin and create UV safety barrier.
Shake bottle and take about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen. Rub it on skin to form a thick and even coat. Do not miss any exposed body part - hands, legs, feet, shoulders, and back.
Body sunscreen is not suitable for delicate facial skin. Face sunscreens have special formulations to meet its special needs.
Wash face before using sunscreen. Take 1/3rd tablespoon of sunscreen to cover entire face and neck areas.
Apply with small circular motions on cheeks, upper lip, chin, forehead, and ears. Then for neck area use light upward strokes.
Sunscreen remains effective for 2 hours including the water-resistant ones. So, you must reapply it after a gap of 2 hours.
Men can apply the same sunscreen which women use. Just choose the right sunscreen according to skin type.
Use sunscreen daily during daytime throughout the year. Even on cloudy days and in winter months.
After you choose and use sunscreen the right way, put on proper clothing, sunglasses, and hat for total UV protection and safety.