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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Have Fun under the Sun

As summer time approaches, have you thought of a plan where to possibly spend few days away from city life? Oh, well just in time. Kids are off from school. Perhaps some budget had been allotted for summer getaway. That is to spend sometime at the beach with the whole family or with some friends?

Going to the beach is fun. It is also a good exercise just to walk by the beach maybe at early morning sun. The thing is, after few hours that the sun became visible at the horizon, it is not that friendly anymore. How do you protect that precious skin while enjoying the outdoor? I have not seen someone frolic at the beach with an umbrella, so far. Why not go to you favorite department store then, and get yourself a sunblock lotion before you indulge in outdoor activities? Sunblock lotion protects you from painful sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Sunblock are also available in creams, gels, oils, sprays, sticks, and lip balms.

Sunlight has three types of ultraviolet rays. UVA is the sun longer rays that penetrate deeper into the skin. This is responsible for skin wrinkling that leads to premature aging. UVB is the sun burning rays that causes sunburn and skin cancer. UVC is totally blocked by the ozone layer before it gets to our skin. Ozone layer helps to filter out ultraviolet radiation. The thickness of Ozone layer varies, according to seasons. It is thickest in late winter and thinnest in the late summer and fall. Recent studies however had shown that Ozone layer is decreasing which means there is an increased in the UVB rays reaching the earth. UVA and UVB rays penetrate the clouds to as much as 80%. That is why even on cloudy day between 10am to 3pm you still could experience sunburn. Likewise, reflection to sand, snow and water increases exposure to ultraviolet rays.

When buying sunblock lotion make sure it is a broad- spectrum product. Sunblock with zinc oxide and or titanium will protect you from both UVA and UBV ultraviolet rays. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to let the sun protective chemicals be absorbed by the skin. U.S. Food and Drug Administration require sunscreen products to carry a sun protection factor (SPF) rating on their labels. Look for sunblock lotion with higher SPF to attain the maximum protection. The higher the SPF, the higher the protection it has against ultraviolet rays. Reapply after vigorous outdoor activities or after swimming.

So, let your precious skin be protected while you enjoy your swimming or whenever you indulge in any outdoor activity. Beautiful skin radiates good health.

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