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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: Chitra
City:   Coimbatore
Comments:   Even Garnier does not mention SPF. Can you please name a water resistant sunscreen available in India
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
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 sunscreenNULLDoes it prevent you getting darkNULLWill 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 howNULL 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 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 tanningNULL
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 swimmingNULLNULLNULLNULLNULLNULL
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 NULL
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

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