Protecting Skin against Solar Radiation

Despite the risks, we should not avoid the sun altogether but we should take some simple sun protection measures, such as:

1. How do I apply sun protection correctly to my skin?

  • You should apply any sun protection evenly over the skin and let it soak in.
  • Do not rub the sun protection into the skin because this reduces the thickness of the protective layer and thus the effectiveness of the protection.

2. How often should I apply sun protection and in what quantities?

  • Be generous with the amount of cream or it can easily halve the sun protection factor. About 25 ml per application is recommended for adults.
  • Sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours because the protective film becomes too thin because of sweating and rubbing, for instance when lying on a towel. Even water-resistant preparations should be reapplied after a long time spent in the water and each time you dry off with a towel.

3. What should I pay attention to with babies and small children?

  • Babies and small children up to the age of 3 should be protected against any direct or prolonged contact with solar radiation because their skin is much more sensitive.
  • The best thing is to wear a head covering and clothes with special UV protection. 
  • Always protect exposed areas of skin with sun protection lotion (minimum of SPF 25).

4. What should I pay attention to with sensitive skin, such as neurodermatitis?

  • Good sun protection is very important for people with sensitive skin, for instance, skin that is prone to neurodermatitis. If the skin is not sufficiently protected, it can cause severe itchiness or inflammation. Sand and water can also irritate the skin.
  • People who suffer from neurodermatitis should use sun protection products with a high sun protection factor.
  • When buying sun protection products, ensure that these contain as few preservatives as possible, as these can also irritate the skin.

5. What basics should I pay attention to when sunbathing?

  • Avoid the sun entirely between 11 am and 3 pm because this is when the UV intensity is highest. 
  • Remember to apply cream to the tip of your nose, your ears, your neck and the tops of your feet!

Read more here about: The effect of the sun