How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen

Finding the sunscreen with all the right things in it may be easier than ever before, but reading the label is still important to keep yourself from getting burned.

A study found that according to the recommendation of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), mostly, the sunscreens sold at the major retail stores and their website in the U.S.

offer broad-spectrum protection, have the sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and are water-resistance.

The study also found a few facts about the sunscreens sold in the country.

   * Around 8 out of 10 sunscreens sold have the actual recommended SPF 30 or higher.

   * Nearly 9 out of 10 sunscreens were checked to give broad-spectrum protection, which means they are capable of blocking both the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays tend to penetrate the skin in depth and are likely to cause skin aging sooner than it should age, while UVB rays are the major contributor to sunburn. However, both are responsible for skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every 1 in 5 Americans is affected by skin cancer.

   * More than three-quarters of the products tested are found to be water-resistance for about 40 to 80 minutes.

Tips to Buy a Safe and Effective Sunscreen

While teenagers and young adults are curious about finding the right sunscreen, older adults often neglect its importance.

 Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying the right type of sunscreen.

1. Look for Broad Spectrum Protection

There are some sunscreens that prevent sunburn but not other kinds of skin damage. Ensure the one you choose offers broad-spectrum protection.

There are some sunscreens that prevent sunburn but not other kinds of skin damage. Ensure the one you choose offers broad-spectrum protection.

2.Don’t Fancy for High SPF Levels

Any product with more than SPF 50 can excite you to stay in the sunshine for too long. Even if your skin doesn’t burn,  it may be damaged. Opt for the range of SPF between 15 to 50.

Choose a sunscreen based on your skin color, shade, time outside cloud cover. Make sure to reapply often.

3.Don’t Fall for Added Vitamin A

Taking vitamin A in foods is good for the health, but applying it to your skin may not the best idea.

According to government data of 2018 shows that lesions and tumors develop sooner on skin covered with vitamin A-laden creams. The vitamin is also known as retinol or retinyl palmitate.

Vitamin A is found in about 12 percent of all sunscreens on review. Make sure to avoid any skin or lip product that labels retinol, retinyl palmitate or vitamin A.

4.Avoid Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and tends to interrupt the hormone system.

Opt for sunscreens with Mexoryl SX, zinc oxide or 3 percent avobenzone, as they tend to keep skin safe from the harmful UVA rays.

5.Don’t Look for Bug Repellent

If you want to have an insect repellent, make sure to buy it separately and apply it before the sunscreen.

Other Tips

1# Reapply Sunscreen Often

Sunscreen chemicals melt away with sweat in the sun, rub off or wash off on clothing and towels.

1# Don’t Spray

Spray clouds the air with minute particles that may get in the lungs through breathing and cause great damage to respiratory health.

3# Men Neglect Sun Safety at Their Peril

In 2015, more than twice as many men in the U.S. died from melanoma as women. Melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in the cells containing pigment, called melanocytes.

According to a survey, as compared to 68 percent of women, 48 percent of men report regular sun avoidance.

When it comes to older adults, they should talk with their doctor or a dermatologist to recommend a more suitable type of sunscreen for their aging skin with different needs than younger people.

​Caring for skin in the golden years can be a challenge when a person has several other health issues to deal with.

However, families can consider getting professional respite care. Mississauga families should determine the type of care their loved ones need to maintain skin’s and overall wellbeing.

4 Important Things to Remember

1.What Actually is SPF other than Sun Protection Factor?

SPF is the levels of protection from sunburn provided by a sunscreen product.

It measures the amount of UV (ultraviolet) radiation it endures to cause sunburn when a person is wearing a sunscreen as compared to the amount of UV exposure it takes to cause a burn when a person is not wearing it.

It is said that the higher the number, the more sunburn protection it gives.

Most importantly, many people assume that a higher SPF extends the amount of time you can stay in the sun and indicates how effective a sunscreen can be at keeping your skin safe against cancer.

The SPF level only refers to the UVB protection factor, but not UVA.

2.Which Active Ingredients a Sunscreen Should Have?

The active ingredients are responsible for providing protection from the sun. However, some are actually better than others.

The active ingredients in a sunscreen include octinoxate, avobenzone, oxybenzone, PABA or octisalate, or you may have to reconsider your choice of a sunscreen.

Among the additives, many of them penetrate the skin and are alleged to disrupt the hormone system and some may also cause ecological issues.

Instead of the above-mentioned ingredients, look for a sunscreen with active ingredients like titanium oxide or zinc oxide, and if a product has both, it’s a bonus! These active ingredients are natural and dermatologically proven safe for the skin as well as the environment.

Is a Sunscreen Actually Water-Repellant, Waterproof or Water-Resistant?

If your sunscreen claims to be water-repellant, it actually isn’t!

If it says to be waterproof or water-repellant, you can assume the sunscreen is, in fact, water-resistant, meaning it needs reapplication after every 80 to 90 minutes or immediately after wiping your face with a towel or cloth, taking a shower, sweating or swimming. Reapplication is a must!

4.Do Sunscreens Expire?

A sunscreen’s packaging should bear an expiration date. If there is no expiration date, use your senses to see if it looks, feels or smells slightly strange.

Expired products not only contain bacteria, but its active ingredients also lose its effectiveness.

If your sunscreen has expired, or is assumed to be, it is always best to get rid of it.

Make sure to keep these important facts in mind when shopping for a sunscreen to keep your skin and its health in optimal condition.

Author Bio:

Marina Torres works as a content writer at Home Care Assistance of Mississauga. She has a passion for writing from a very young age and loves to write about how life can be made more enjoyable by realizing the fact of different challenges associated with life. This is the reason she has chosen writing as a career and working with the agency.