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  SUN FUN - by Editor
As summer fades and winter rears its head, people in certain parts of the globe are gearing up to try and stay warm and cozy. But others like us in Mumbai, who are blessed with sunshine all year round, barely feel the change in season, and continue to bask in the seemingly eternal warmth of the sun.

While the sunshine is milder in winter, it can still wreak havoc on your skin, especially if you don't take the proper precautions before venturing out. Once your skin is damaged by excessive UV radiation, it will never repair itself. If you were in doubt as to the damage sun can wreak, here's a refresher:

  • Premature wrinkling
  • Skin cancer
  • Dries the skin
  • Sunburn
  • Freckles


So keep these tips in mind before stepping out:

1. Never, ever step out in the sun without wearing a sunscreen lotion.

2. If you are dusky skinned and a tan does not show up, this does NOT mean you are any less at risk of suffering the damage caused by UV radiation.

3. What kind of lotion should you apply Well, look for one which has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15. This means that it will protect your skin for 15 times longer than if you had no sunscreen. It does not mean it offers stronger protection, but that it offers longer lasting protection. It all depends on how sensitive your skin is to the sun. Thus, if your skin starts going red after you've been in the sun for ten minutes, you will be able to stand the sun for 1 and a half hours if you use an SPF of 15.

4. If your skin is extra sensitive, go in for a sun tan lotion with a higher SPF.

5. Apply the lotion at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.

6. If you are going swimming, make sure you wear a water-resistant sunscreen. The combination of chlorine and water is murder for your skin!

7. Don't forget your lips! Lips are sensitive, and they require special protection because they can't tan. Lipstick is better than nude lips, and if you can get your hands on a lipstick which offers UV protection, there's nothing like it!

8. Remember, a sun tan lotion will not prevent you from tanning. It will, however, filter out harmful UV radiation.

9. Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially between 11am and 3 pm. The sun is at its hottest at this time.

10. When you get home after being in the sun for some time, apply an after-sun lotion. This moisturizes your skin, and it also has certain ingredients especially for sun-exposed skin.

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Name: vaishali
City:   raipur
Comments:   can u please suggest any after sun lotion
Name: sharmila
City:   Chennai
Comments:   can u pls suggest a best sunscreenand after sun lotion
Name: poojal
City:   banglore
Comments:   pls tell me if vaseline is good for the lips. and a good water resistant sunscreen
Name: rani
City:   boston
Comments:   A great after-sun lotion is Banana Boat's Aloe Vera Gel
Name: MG
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Any homemade treatment for skin tan
Name: sachi
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Too good article. Keeps me fit and fine and beautiful that ways...
Name: Deesha
City:   MAURITUS
Comments:   Hi...i've got a wheatish complexion and wish to become fairer.My natural color is quite fair but i've darkened quite a bit in the sun.What is the real use of a sunscreenDoes it prevent you getting darkWill makes such as Nivea Sun or L'oreal(from France) help?Cos these products are tested on white skin!I've bought a Nivea Sun sunscreen for fair(i think it means white)skin of spf 15.It says 'protecting Milk' and not really sunscreen.I guess it just blcks harmful rays.I'm scared of using it cos i don't want my skin color darkened.Plz suggest any good make for sunscreen and advise me to become fair.Thanx loadz!!!
Name: Carmen Pablo
City:   maywood
Comments:   Iam light brown like (nude) color . I want to get whiter so any idea how lotion,clinic what do i do please help me.
Name: jagminder
City:   Ludhiana(Punjab)
Comments:   Can you please name a water resistant sunscreen available &having high SPF (may be above 20) because i love swimming but have oily & sensitive.plzz mail me back at jagmindersingh_gne@yahoo.co. in
Name: karthik
City:   trivandrun
Comments:   immediately after using a sun screen lotion, i profusely sweat and all the applied sun screen comes out with the sweat in a milky colour. please tell what to do.
Name: sumaira
City:   Karachi
Comments:   i remain outside my house after 4.30pm which sun screen to use i use a sunscreen of 30 sbf is it ok.still my skin burns in sun plz tell me wat to do
Name: Laila
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Try Lotus 3-in-1 Sunblock with SPF-40. It is water resistant and totally non oily for my oily skin, I love it.
Name: Iram
City:   Lahore
Comments:   Ilove swimming but I've felt that my complexion becomes tan.Is it due to dryness caused by chlorine? pls suggest best preswim lotionthat also prevent darkening of the skin colour.
Name: nikka
City:   calgary
Comments:   "8. Remember, a sun tan lotion will not prevent you from tanning. It will, however, filter out harmful UV radiation. " what lotions or other products can prevent you from tanning
Name: shiva
City:   delhi
Comments:   i am learning swimming in the morning,But my skin getting dark day by day.I am using sunblock spf 40 of lotus before n after swim.tell me how to prevent tan from swimmimg
Name: shilpa
City:   Visakhapatnam
Comments:   Can you please suggest a water resistant sunscreen available that might reduce the tan due to swimming
Name: mumta
City:   coimbatore
Comments:   Even Garnier does not mention SPF. Can you please name a water resistant sunscreen available in India
Name: priyanka
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   can u mention some anti tan packs which are available in hyderabad
Name: Abbas
City:   Karachi
Comments:   Hi iam Abbas i dialy go for playing cricket and we dont have a fixed time and due to sun my skin gets dark plzz tell me a suggestion on my email id ill be very thankful 2 u i need ur help
Name: Smriti
City:   Delhi
Comments:   Lotus Suncreens are really good. Try out the SPF 30 one.. It is also water resistant to a limit.
Name: bhanu
City:   kathmandu
Comments:   my skin is fair but not as fair englsih people.i have been appling spf30 JOnshon sunscreen for one year. but suddenly i have found some frickle on my nose .can you tell me which type of sunsreeen should i apply
Name: lakshmi
City:   Trivandrum
Comments:   Hi, my skin is fair but very sensitive and gets darkened easily. I'm having a 1 month camp in April . We've to be out in sun all day long. Please tell me how to maintain my fairness through and after the camp.
Name: Fany
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Garnier Synergie has come with a new Sun Control Moisturiser having SPF 15. It works, can try.
Name: shipla_
City:   dhaka
Comments:   how can i use both foundation(pankcake) & my sunscreen lotion at the same time
Name: kavita
City:   gwaliar,india..
Comments:   there is a lot of tanning on my face , when i go out side it turns reddish black ,my complexion is dark ,so pls suggest which type of sunscreen i will use.
Name: ronak
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i need to know the the best sun screen lotion with 15 spf pls can u tell me the best one
Name: Pia
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   i have an oily skin.the problem with my skin is that if any cream or lotion or moisturiser ,even its for oily skin,my skin becomes greasy and my complexion turns dark automatically.i use lakme sunscreen for oily skin then also my complexion turns dark and greasy.please help.also i have sensitive skin.can u please suggest me some good sunscreen lotion/s and also of how much spf.thank you
Name: dhiya
City:   Chennai
Comments:   Hi, since my skin is very sensitive it gets darkend easily because of exposure to sun. iam using sunscreen lotions(spf) but no use i wont come out between 9 a.m and 3.pm. please suggest any remedial measures apart from using sun screen lotion.
Name: preethi
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   can u suggest some of the sun screen lotions suited for all types of skins.
Name: tejendra sherchan
City:   chatham uk
Comments:   i m dry skin men n i m bit black so i wanna b fair or white ....... can yu recommend me anything which is suitable for me .i hab tried quite a lot of spf cream but if they r water resistant i find them greasy .....n i dun like greasy its hot sun sshine inuk now in summer n get fast dark in sun..yu can recommend anything which will help me to b fair a lot .and also please can you say how can i buy those stufff
Name: sany
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   im getting black spots on my skin what can i do
Name: pallavi
City:   delhi
Comments:   i would like to know if sunscreens help develop a tan or prevent itsomebody told me that a sunscreen with higher spf would make my skin darker.is that true
Name: shamima
City:   Dhaka
Comments:   Hi. What type of sunblock cream is realy worthy for combination skin can u plz suggest me some brand name which is really suitable for asian weather
Name: Abdul Jabbar
City:   Hyderabad Sindh Pakistan
Comments:   I have wheatish skin which becomes black in winter i am i need to keep my skin same as in summer
Name:  prabhu
City:   periyakulam
Comments:   hai i have a liky in good friends
Name:  prabhu
City:   periyakulam
Comments:   hai i have a liky in good friends somebody told me that a sunscreen with higher spf would make my skin darker
Name: nazim
City:   mumbai
Comments:   always apply waterbased sunscreen lotion of SPF 15 or more....glycerine based sunscreen may be found oily and irretating one and provide lesser protection than waterbased.....Moreover those who are allergic to glycerine and any other chemicals...pls prefer to apply waterbased sunscreen lotion...LOREAL AND GARNIER are BESTur free adviser..thanks!
Name: Sam
City:   mumbai
Comments:   can u suggest me good resistant sunscreen loction for swimming which i can get in mumbai.
Name: Samir
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   My complextion is dark.when ever i go for swimming 8.30am i become more tanned.suggest me a good & effective water resistant sunscreen which can be used while swimming
Name: Ashish
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   We are going to Goa, there most of the time we spend on the beach & swimming pool area last time when i been to goa in a two days i got sun burn my skin got red & burning, now please suggest what can i do this time so that it will not happen again my skin is normal type.
Name: shilpa
City:   mangalore
Comments:   hi
Name: Namrata
City:   Bombay
Comments:   great tips.. i will be starting swimming soon, and my skin is oily and extremely sensitive to sun.. could you suggest a good sunscreen for me please?
Name: smita
City:   Bangkok
Comments:   i want to know about water proof lotion for swimming as i am gettin tanned
Name: ritu
City:   abc
Comments:   can u pls suggest a best sunscreen and after sun lotion. Plz response me through my id
Name: poonkodi
City:   madurai
Comments:   i am planning to go for swimming regularly but i am afraid of the chlorine water. what sould i do to prevent the tanning if so what is the correct product available in marke.
Name: ateeq
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   hi i started going to swimming i always go in the evening say around 5 6 pm,i have heard if u swim regularly ur skin gets tan i mean to u say u loose ur colour and complexion is it true? if yes plz suggest me what shall i do coz i am very protective and emotional,and secondly what about hair i also heard that hair also gets spoiled plz suggest me waiting to hear from u thanks a lot
Name: james
City:   delhi
Comments:   is there any sunscreen cream of spf 50 or more,tell me.
Name: kcp
City:   Visakhapatnam
Comments:   Ya i know a sunscreen of SPF90. It is St.Ives moisturising Vitamin E lotion and comes in SPF 60 and SPF 90.I don´t really know if that is water resistant or not,but water resistant sunscreens are available in Lotus Herbals. But the maximun SPFLotus herbals offers is 60.The sunscreens mentioned above are available in Visakhapatnam.I don´t know about the other places.
Name: nisha
City:   chennai
Comments:   My complextion is dark with lots of smallpores and pimples , my skin is dry one. i wantto be fair can u suggest anything for me present am using garnier light ,
Name: laxmi
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   My face is sensitive. When I applied Lakme SPF15 sunscreen moisturising cream i got rashes and other lotion also I tried the same thing happened. please let me know How to apply and what to apply to avoid sun damage to my screen.
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