Sunscreen Facts You Should Know

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Ahh, 80 degree weather is back in Chattanooga. Clear sunny days are going to become more of the norm. Outdoor activities will increase for most such as yard work, Harrison Bay boating, fishing and traveling to the beach. With outdoor activities comes sun exposure to your skin. This exposure increases your chances of damaging your skin. This damage increases your chance of sunburn, wrinkles and even skin cancer. Sunscreens can protect your skin from the damage UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays do to your skin.

Types of Ultraviolet Light

There are two different types of ultraviolet light that come from the sun or sun beds: UVA and UVB. UVB is what most people know about and is the type that creates sunburns. UVA differs because it penetrates deeper causing a deeper tan with no burn but yet can create wrinkles. Both of these ultraviolet lights can cause cancers.

Melanin

Melanin is what your skin cells produce that gives you your tan. The fact is melanin is what your skin produces after it has been damaged by UV light. So, before vacation to the beach, there is no reason to get a base tan first.

Sunscreen Facts

Sunscreen Fact: Not all Sunscreens are the same.

– Not all sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB
– Look for sunscreens that say broad spectrum to protect against both
– Sunscreens that have zinc oxide or titanium oxide actually are the best because they block rays
– Helioplex is a newer ingredient that protects against UVA and UVB

Sunscreen Fact: You can get sunburn on a cloudy day.

– Clouds block infrared rays that make you hot not UVA and UVB
– Wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day.

Sunscreen fact: Most people apply sunscreen wrong.

– Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to cover their skin appropriately
– Apply to your ears and lips also
– Reapply every two to four hours
– Wear a hat because you can easily burn your scalp

Sunscreen should be applied every day if you’re going out into the sun. Clothes help block sun rays from damaging your skin. Apply sunscreen on any body part not covered up. Protecting your skin from burn, wrinkles and early aging are some benefits. The real benefit comes from protecting yourself from various skin cancers ( http://www.skincancer.org/).

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Written by,
Christopher M Lewis, D.C.