Friday, March 21, 2008

Choosing a sunscreen wisely

Sunscreen should be an essential part of every individual’s beauty care regimen. Every year, more than 1,000,000 skin cancer cases are diagnosed and thousands of skin cancer patients die.

Parents should be especially careful of their children’s skin as skin cancer risk is more serious among children as they spend more time outside. Parents should make sure that they apply sunscreen on children before they go out for sports practice in the evening or even before they go out for a dance class.

Usually, skin cancer occurs due to exposure to too much sunlight. This does not mean that individuals staying in cool climates have lower incidences of skin cancer. That’s why integrating sunscreen into the daily beauty care regimen becomes really important. Care is the key in protecting against this deadly cancer.

The government is also trying to do its best to promote healthy skin. Officials from the health department are conducting talks in schools across the nation to promote the use of sunscreen and to encourage measures to protect students against excessive exposure to the ultraviolet light.

The risks of skin cancer are what prevent a lot of people from getting a tan the natural way. However, tanning on the beach is fine as long as the individual protects his or her skin the proper way.

There are a lot of sunscreens available in the market; individuals need to read through the list of active ingredients of the various products before buying a sunscreen. In general, individuals should buy a sunscreen that protects against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B. Individuals should also remember to apply sunscreen every few hours.

To avoid the hassles of natural tanning, a lot of individuals are going for bronzers and sunless tanning products. However, individuals need to remember that these tanning products do not protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. Therefore, they do need to wear a sunscreen at all times.

Sunless tanning also lasts only for a month. So individuals need to apply the products frequently.

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