What you need to know about SUNSCREEN

Wear a sunscreen every day of your life, or live as shady a life as possible. Everyone know or they should, that for every burn a person experiences during a lifetime, the chance of getting skin cancer increases by 10%.

Sunscreen Technology

UVB (290-320nm). This radiation is responsible for almost all sunburns and skin cancer.

UVA1 (340-400nm). This is the most deeply penetrating but no responsible for burning. UVA 1 rays can cause wrinkling and premature aging.

UVA11 (320-340nm). This type of radiation can cause slight skin reddening and long-term damage.

SPF is a ratio of the length of time a person can stay in the sun at noon before receiving an amount of energy, that results in just perceptible reddening, which is visible 16-24 hours after exposure.

Sunscreen regulations

Sunscreen products are regulated as drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Currently, the FDA approved the use of sunscreen SPF from 16 to 35.

Not Approved

1. Waterproof. This implied that the sunscreen will not wash off – ever. It should say “very water resistant” or “water resistant”.

2. SPF 0 or 1. This claims were popular for tanning products. The FDA says that SPF implies protection. An SPF 0 or 1 means that the product offers absolutely no protection from sun exposure.

3. SPF 45 and up.

Make sure to read label on sunscreen products in order to identify which are included to offer real consumer benefit, and which offer no benefit and are for label claims only.

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