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If you want to maintain healthy skin throughout your adult years then one thing that you need to start practicing right away is proper sun care techniques.  This includes more than just lathering on some tanning lotion and hitting the beach however, as proper sun care is being diligent about protecting your skin any time that you are out in the sun for longer than just a few minutes.  It also includes taking the time to re-apply sun screen and apply after care lotions after you are out of the sun for both adults and children.

Most parents are careful about proper sun care when their children are young through their toddler years until they reach puberty.  However, even at puberty the skin still needs to be protected carefully as scientists are now discovering that teens that spend too much time in the sun or in the tanning salon are developing skin cancer in their twenties.  Therefore, it is important to realize that you can never be too young to start following the most basic sun care tips and as parents it is never too young to establish positive sun care regimes for teens to follow.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that sun screen be chosen that provides at least 15 SPF from the sun, however, if possible you should use sunscreens that are higher with 30 SPF to 45 SPF being the medium product that is available for children and babies.  In addition, some screens provide even higher SPF reaching as far upward as 100 SPF for those with very fair skin and high risks of burning.  Your skin tone will influence the amount of sun screen that you should apply, but you should know that there is no such thing as over doing it when it comes to sun screen.

It is also important to remember to reapply any sunscreen product every few hours as it will start to lose its potency as it seeps into your pores or slowly rubs off.  Even if the product tube says that it is an all day product it is best to reapply after four hours for maximum protection, especially if you are out in the sun during the heat of the day.  In addition, if the sun screen is not waterproof then you will need to reapply every time you come out of the water.

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