19 December 2008

Get the best from sunscreens

Sunscreens work best if they’re used properly. Use these guidelines this summer.


Sunscreens work best if they’re used properly. Use these guidelines this summer:

  • Shake the bottle before using it;
  • Rub it in well to ensure even coverage;
  • When applying to your face, rub into your hands, then apply to your face;
  • Wait ten minutes before having a swim, or it’ll just wash off;
  • Reapply the sunscreen after swimming, drying off with a towel or sweating.

Sunscreen is useful stuff. So take these basic steps to avoid trouble:

  • Avoid contact with your eyes;
  • Some preparations and creams can cause sun allergies or marks on the skin. These include oestrogen, tetracycline and sulpha antibiotics, anti-malaria and anti-fungal medication.
  • Perfumed or flavoured suntan lotions, which smell of coconut oil or orange for instance, contain psoralen. This substance speeds up the ageing process in the skin. Rather use a fake-tan lotion.
  • If you develop a rash or experience an outbreak of pimples after using sunscreen, discontinue its use and consult your doctor;
  • If sunscreen is accidentally ingested, find a hospital or doctor immediately.


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