Sunscreen Basics: How To Avoid The Burn

Summer is almost here, and warm weather and sunny skies increases your potential for dangerous sun burn.  Damage caused by the sun’s ultra violet (UV) rays can lead to signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, discoloration and skin cancer. Using a broad based, full spectrum sunscreen is the best defense against sun damage and skin cancer. Sunscreens, however, are not created equally, so here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for sun protection. Today, you can choose from a physical sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen. A physical sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide to create a physical barrier. This barrier reflects the sun’s rays away from your skin. Since physical sunscreens don’t penetrate the skins surface, they are well tolerated by people who have sensitive skin or are prone to acne and other skin irritations. Chemical based sunscreens penetrate the skin to absorb the radiation before they can do any damage. People with sensitive or acne prone skin may find these sunscreens too irritating. By using a facial product with antioxidants, you can create an extra sun protection barrier. Antioxidants, like Vitamins C and E can combat free radicals, which cause aging and tissue damage, and boost your resistance to UVA and UVB damage. When you are outside for an extended period of time, you need to reapply your sun screen every two to three hours. To make sure you are covered adequately, apply a teaspoon of product to your face, and a shot glass (about one ounce) to cover your body. If you are using a spray formula, be sure to apply it out of the wind to make sure it sticks to your body. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reassessed the labeling of sunscreens and issued new recommendations, which went into effect at the end of last year. Only sunscreens that offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays can be labeled as “broad spectrum”, and only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 can market the product as protection from skin cancer. Almost all dermatologists believe that “tolerability” is the most important factor is choosing a sunscreen. Sunscreen only works when it is applied- and reapplied consistency, so find one that works for you. You Might Also Like: Tips To Help You Beat the Heat Don’t Forget These Five Items In Your Family Beach Bag A Quick Beach Safety Reminder: Beach Warning Flags

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