Why Should You Apply Sunblock Before Sunbathing?

best-tanning-Why Should You Apply Sunblock Before Sunbathing

Enjoying the sun and the outdoors are essential to a happy and fulfilled life. You may say this is absurd or exaggerated, but you can never argue that a bright and sunny day will always be better than a cold, damp, gloomy afternoon.

That is why people get excited over the summer, and beaches, and tanlines, and the surf. Every year we look forward to getting out of our office and spending the day lounging on a towel, and sun bathing on the beach.

But nowadays you can never be too careful, especially with overexposure to the sun and its harmful Ultraviolet Rays (UV). That is why we should always be careful about overexposure, and always be mindful about bring protection like sunblock when we do go out.

Sunblock can come in a wide variety of scents, moisturizing properties, and Sun Protection Factor Levels or SPF, but whatever variant you choose, sunblock will provide you basic protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Woman sunbathing on the beachBut when should you put on sunblock? Do you put it right before you sunbathe? Do you put if afterwards?

Most experts and dermatologists recommend you put it way before you even arrive at the beach. Why?

It gives your skin enough time to absorb it

Putting on sunblock at least thirty minutes before you start sun bathing ensures that the sunblock will have its full effect when you do start. Sunblock needs time to be properly absorbed by your skin.

To make sure you get every spot

The sun gets to you even if you cover yourself from head to toe. By putting it on ahead of time, you give yourself time to apply more when you finally arrive at the beach. When in doubt, put sunblock on every part; your arms, legs, tummy, face, and find help to get some sunblock on your back too!

Sunblock takes time to activate 

Apart from moisturizing content, Sunblock has active ingredients that do the work of blocking out the UV rays, and these active ingredients take time to activate and become FULLY protective. As a rule of thumb, it takes at least 30 minutes for sunblock to work, and at least 45 minutes for lip sunscreen to take effect.

But also a reminder, while sunblock does provide you protection, it is also wise to reapply sunblock every hour and a half to make sure you always have sufficient protection.

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