I avoid the sun all the time. I do go outside but it is in long pants, long shirts, hat, sunglasses. I wear sunscreen (although most brands make me break out in a rash) but continue the other because I had skin cancer in my 20's and have a family history of melanoma. Not taking the chances. Also family history of cataracts so I avoid the bright light as well.
I do take a Vitamin D supplement although they are saying as little as 20 minutes a day gives us adequate vitamin D
There are many types of sunscreen. You want to get the one with UVA and UVB protection.
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Thanks for the link! It was informative. I have a pale complexion & therefore take precautions when going out in the sun & I do love the feel of the sun's rays on my skin. Also, because I live in Alaska, I take a high dose of Vitamin D (10K IU) every other day & have felt so much better since doing this about 8 months ago. Apparently, the proper UV rays (or enough of them) don't get through our atmosphere to help us make Vitamin D & then we have our winters when the sun may only shine for about 6-8 hours while we're at work.
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SPF? Do you know what this means with the additional number afterwards ie
SPF 30. Its surprising how many people don't know what the number means.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 = x30 your personal skin burning time. The average person will get a sun burn within 10 minutes of sun exposure, others are less, some are longer.
Example SPF 30......... 30 x 10 (minutes) = 300 minutes of safe sun exposure before re-application.
So if you are buying an SPF 8 = 8 x 10(Minutes) = 80 minutes of safe sun exposure.
It is not how thick the cream is (yes I've heard this), its your protection time.
ALSO Protection creams should be applied to cold skin at least 20minutes before exposure to ensure it has been absorbed - sitting on the beach and applying cream to hot skin is a waste and just gets dried by the sun before absorbtion (this is where the TV adverts are very negligent - don't copy their model on the beach!)
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