Your skin can be affected by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, even when the sky is dull. Therefore it is very important to protect yourself from the sun, even on a cloudy day.
Sunscreen is still important even though you are not at the beach
Most people know about the importance of protecting themselves when they go to the beach to enjoy the sun. However, are you aware that sunscreen is also important when you are running on a cloudy day, when you are biking in the forest, or spending a day at an amusement park?
It is important to cover any exposed areas of the body with sunscreen, but the skin on certain parts of the body is very delicate and requires special attention too:
If you wear sandals without socks then remember to use sunscreen, also between the toes.
Hands and especially the knuckles:
Your hands are exposed to the sun all the time, so remember to use sunscreen, also between the fingers. Make it a habit to keep a bottle of sunscreen in your bag, and use sunscreen instead of a hand lotion in the summer.
When you go out in the summer, remember to wear a sun hat or a cap. During a bike ride, a bike helmet will provide sun protection. However, if the helmet has holes in it you should wear a thin cap under the helmet to protect your head against the sun, especially if you have thin hair.
Ears and face:
Even though you may be wearing a hat, your ears and face will still be exposed to the sun, so remember to use sunscreen on these areas too. You could change your normal face cream to one which contains sunscreen.
Your lips are one of the most sun-sensitive parts of your body. You should always use a lip balm with UV protection.
Your eyes can be damaged by dangerous UV-rays so you should always use sunglasses with a high protection – even on a cloudy day.
Using the right amount of sunscreen is important:
You have to use the correct amount of sunscreen to be adequately protected from the sun’s UV-Rays. As a guide, adults should use a large handful of sunscreen equalling 30-40g for the body: enough so that the skin is saturated. If you use a smaller amount, you will not get the desired protection which could result in a higher risk of skin injury or possibly skin cancer.
For example, if you only use 1/4 of the recommended amount, then a sunscreen with a protection of 16 SPF is reduced to a SPF of 2.
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