Protect Yourself from the Sun
The damage that the sun does to your skin can be avoided. The American Academy of Dermatology advises applying a minimum of SPF15 daily. A sun protection cream only prolongs the time before your skin starts to change colour so sitting in the sun all day and smearing it in only once is not enough. Protect yourself! You cannot sit in the sun for an unlimited amount of time. What usually happens is that people don’t use enough sun cream. Only 25-50% of what is actually necessary! Because of this the factor is greatly reduced and therefore gives much less protection.
In order to protect yourself properly you need to re-apply your sun cream every two hours. I myself don’t entirely follow this advice as it is not practical. But what you can do to protect yourself against the sun’s rays is to stay out of it during the hottest part of the day – between 11.00 and 15.00. This not only applies if you are outside; as UVA rays, for example, also pass through glass. Clothing also protects you from UV rays.
With what you’ve learned above go and enjoy a sunny weekend! Regards Jetske.
(Dr. Jetske Ultee – Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)