Thailand Sunscreen Safety Tips

People Tanning on Khao Lak Beach

Written by Modell Bleu

Content Creator at Author of Roadkill Diary. Chef/Owner of the World Famous Rusty Pelican. Expat in SE Asia since 2004, currently living in Thailand.

There are many people who understand how important it is to protect themselves from the sun’s rays. Most of us know the risks of skin cancer, among other things, by being too long and unprotected in the sun. But even those of us who have the best intentions, can make serious mistakes. For example, did you know that the sunscreen factor only says something about UVB rays penetration of the skin. It is not necessarily a guide to how much protection there is against the damaging UVA rays. UVA rays have the longest wavelength and therefore reach deep into the skin’s layers. UVB rays come with its shorter waves into the skin where they do more damage.

1 – Expiration
When we talk about sunscreen, the expiration date really means that it has expired. The active ingredients disappear over time, and an opened bottle or jar can even be filled with bacteria, which also means that the effect is destroyed. You may also have had the lotion on the beach, where the high temperatures of the direct sun also destroys its effectiveness over time.

2 – Makeup
Sun protection in your makeup is enough. When you use foundation with factor in, don’t be surprised that it doesn’t work as you expect. Part of the problem is that you cannot put a sufficient amount of foundation on for it to be protecting. You would need to put so much makeup on your face that it corresponds to the amount of sunscreen you need to get effective protection.

3 – Application
Use enough to liberally cover the surface of your skin. But of course there is a difference in how much it takes – depending on one’s degree. The researchers say that you should make sure to allocate plenty of it all over the body and massage it in, so you are sure to be covered in all areas, and then you can pretty much bet that you’ll need more than you first think …

4 – Longevity
The protection of your sunscreen lasts about two hours. Sweat and swimming makes it dissipate faster. An obvious mistake is to believe, it is enough to cover yourself once a day. This must be done more frequently. And remember to wait to enter the water for a few minutes after you have coated yourself with the cream, so it has time to be absorbed by the skin.

5 – Water-Resistant
Water-Resistant doesn’t mean “Apply once and swim all day”. The truth is there are no water-resistant sunscreens. Be wary of commercials that say their product is resistant to sweat or swimming. You are only protected a short time when you go in the water. Sunscreen should be reapplied after you dry off from your swim. If you are tanning then reapply every hour or so.

6 – Cloudy Days
Sunscreen only for sunny days. On cloudy days you also need sunscreen if you are outside. Just because you cannot see the sun, it’s still there and can still damage your skin. UV light also comes through clouds and fog, and you can easily get sunburned even if it’s cloudy. UV rays are invisible and have nothing to do with the heat, and that means that you do not need to be in warm weather to get sunburned. Typically, many people get sunburned in early spring, when even a thick layer of clouds cannot protect you. UV rays reflect and bounce off the water, sand, and also grass, so it is highly recommended that you apply sunscreen even if you are sitting in the shade of a tree or an umbrella.

7 – Total Protection
You think that your sunscreen gives you total protection? No expensive , high factor, sunscreen or sunblock can give you 100 percent protection against UVB rays. The cream or lotion should not be your only protection from the sun. You should, for example, use a hat, sunglasses and clothing that protect you from the sun when you are not swimming. Also remember that when you use sunscreen, it does not mean that you can just lie and bake in the sun at midday. Protect your skin and use sunscreen responsibly.

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