Protection Tips for Sun Tanners

Many people have now started to realize that apart from making the much wanted Vitamin D inside our body and giving our body a beautiful tan complexion, sunlight can cause great harm to our skin as well. Hence, those who stay under the sun (like sun tanners) should reconsider their decision or find some way to protect themselves.

Invisible radiation in sunlight is comprised of UVA, UVB and infrared radiation. Of these three types, it is UVB radiation which causes most of the visible damage- sunburn- on over exposure. However, this does not mean that UVA is harmless. In fact, along with UVB, it can cause skin cancer. Hence, adequate protection is something which you should always deploy. You can make use of the following tips in order to protect yourself. These are compiled in accordance with guidelines set by FDA.

* If your desire is to get a sun tan, then get it but without spending too much time under the sun's UV rays.
* Do not venture outside during the time of the day when sun's rays are the strongest (10-4 p.m.) If you have to venture out then always remain under the shade.
* Remember, agents such as snow, sand and water reflect UV rays. Hence, take adequate precautions if you need to remain anywhere them. Without your knowledge, staying close to these reflective sources can increase your chances getting sunburns or skin cancer.
* When under the sun, clothe your body fully. Ensure that not too much of your body is exposed to the harmful UV radiation.
* It is mandatory to ensure the protection of eyes as well. Strong glare can damage the eye's retina and cause irreparable damage. For adequate protection, wear UV protection sunglasses.
* If you need to dress up a little loosely and need to venture out in the sun, then it is best to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion. The ideal Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of the lotion should be 15 or greater. In order to get the best results, it is advised that you apply it 30 minutes before venturing out in to the sun. also, if you need to stay out for longer periods, reapply it every 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
* It is better that you inspect your skin for any peculiar spots at least once a month. Early detection of any type of malignant cells can help nip the problem right in the bud. Pay a visit to your dermatologist to get evaluated any new or changing skin lesion.
* If you see any scaly patch, an unusual mole or a sore from which blood consistently oozes out and does not heal, know that it is time to see a dermatologist. These symptoms may be those of either pre-cancer or skin cancer.