Yes, the sun is our friend. I’d hate to think of what things would be like if it ever stops shinning. On the other hand, it’s important at the same time that we protect ourselves from the sun. Too much exposure can cause some pretty serious burns and, in the long run, too much exposure to the sun can also cause all types of health issues that we definitely want to avoid.
A few tips related to sunscreen and tanning:
A common question is, how much sunscreen should you use? If you’re going to be out in the sun for any extended period of time, you should use enough to lightly cover any exposed skin. Overdoing it with the sunscreen certainly isn’t going to give you any more protection than applying just the right amount.
When is it a good time to tan? Let’s see. How do I put this? Never. There’s no such thing as tanning that’s good for you. Getting a fair amount of sun can give you the benefit of some needed vitamins, not to mention it just feels great, but if your goal is to make your skin darker, either through being in the sun or an artificial tanning salon, you’re running some health risks.
What about waterproof sunscreen? It’s sort of a scam. There truly is no such thing as completely waterproof sunscreen. If you’re getting out of the pool, the ocean or even the kitchen sink, it’s best to reapply sunscreen if you’re going to continue exposure to the sun.
Say you’re going to take a ride on your new Mobo Cruiser. When should you apply sunscreen? It’s going to take some time for you to get the full protection that any sunscreen offers. Try putting sunscreen on 15 minutes or so before you go outside. That will insure optimal protection.
A common myth is that if it’s overcast, if there are clouds above, you don’t need sunscreen. Wrong! Unfortunately, although clouds do block some light from the sun, they don’t block UV rays, which is what you’re trying to avoid with sunscreen. Overcast or not, apply some sunscreen to be safe.