Understanding Sunblocks

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 21, 2009)

Summer is approaching, and you may be wanting to spend more and more time outside, basking in the warm summer sun. If you're to be spending more and more time outside, you'll want to make sure that you take the necessary precautions. The sun, while great and warm and full of summer, can pose threats to your health, and you'll want to make sure that you do what you need to do is to make sure that your skin is protected, and that you keep yourself safe from the harmful effects of the sun. The best way to ensure the safety of yourself against UV rays is to wear sunblock. Sunblock really isn't that hard to understand if you just understand a few key concepts.

Sunblock is divided into different levels or grades, called SPF. The SPF indicates what level of protection that particular sunblock will offer. SPF 15 is the lowest level and can go all the way up to 75. The different levels of SPF can function for you differently depending on what you're doing outside, or how much sun exposure you'll be getting. You'll want to have a higher SPF for more intense or prolonged sun exposure and you can get away with a lower SPF for more casual outings.

If you're into sunbathing, then sunscreen is a must. Sun can really hurt your skin, and so, by using SPF, you greatly reduce the risk of the sun hurting you. I can't stress enough the importance of using sunblock when you spend time outside in the sun, regardless of whether it's winter or summer. The SPF in sunblock really will protect you and your skin; UV rays can burn your skin, and too much exposure can even give you skin cancer.

If you really do want sunblock to work, you also need to apply it regularly. Sunblock can come off pretty easily, and so you need to make sure you reapply it often, so you always have sunscreen protecting you. What you need to understand about sunblock is that it really does work and that you really do need to use it. Reapply it and you'll be glad to know that it really does work and you'll be set for the summer!

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