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Apply Sunscreen 30 Minutes Before Stepping Outside

Summers are here and with the season, comes the vacay mode as guest. But most of us don't like to welcome that guest and the reason is the nightmare of getting 'sunburn.' Hence, Dr Alia Rizvi, dermatologist at Me Clinic- Masters Of Esthetics is here with some tips to keep these concerns at bay.

(Also read: Re-Apply Sunscreen To Protect Yourself From Tanning )

Watch the clock
The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you can't stay indoors during that block of time, at least stick to shady spots.

Wear the right clothes
When you have to be outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, such as: broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants.

Use sunscreen liberally
Cover any exposed areas of skin liberally with at least one ounce of broad-spectrum sunscreen. That means sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Follow these tips for applying sunscreen:

Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before you go outside.
Use sunscreen even on overcast days because UV rays can penetrate clouds.

Take frequent showers to help relieve the pain
As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then, apply a moisturizer to help trap the water in your skin. This can help ease the dryness.

Drink extra water
Sunburn draws fluid to the skin's surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.

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