19 June, 2008

Sun Barbecue

During our family gathering last weekend, my niece was surrounded with concerned aunties, never wish to left behind I am trying to set foot in, struggle with both my hands to part the crowd (like buka durian).

Her mum was coaxing her to remove her hands which she had covered her face and take off her spectacles to show her sun burn. “Ah yoh !!” was the word uttered simutaneously by the crowd, and the busy-caring aunties questioned non-stop, before she could response, the busy aunties came out with all the solution and suggestion.

To me she looks like panda in the negative film, face tan with 2 white rings around her eyes. Such an adorable looks.

To prevent the burn, sunblock is needed, it will help to protect our skin by abosorbing / reflecting UVA and UVB, sunblocks have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating. The SPF rating indicates how long a sunscreen remains effective on the skin.

Here are some calculation on the SPF rating:-

SPF 15 x 10 = 150 minutes (2.5 hrs)

** Same fomula applies to SPF 30, 45, 60 or more.

Meaning that SPF 15 will be effective & protect us from the sun for up to 150 minutes, then reapplied every two hours if required.

Sunscreens should be applied 15 -20 minutes before sun exposure to allow a protective film to develop, then reapplied after water contact and sweating.

With this, we can avoid being barbecue by the sun, and free to go for any outdoor activities such as beach games, swimming, picnic, fishing & so on.

Enjoy our sunny day !!

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