UV Sun Protection
UV sun protection products have been hot discussion
item over the past few years as consumer protection
bodies have introduced measures to ensure that information
regarding sun screens and sun blocks are clarified.
The difference is in the way they work and the type
of UV protection they provide.
- Sunblocks - stop UV rays penetrating
the skin by adding a layer on the skin surface.
- Sunscreens - penetrate to deep
layers of the skin and reflect harmful rays.
The key to selecting an effective sun protection product
is to understand the ingredients in the products, and
how they work based on the activities you engage in.
There are two types of UV that harm your skin:
- UVA - damages the inner layers
of the skin and causes wrinkles and lines, and skin
- UVB - the most damaging radiation,
burns the skin and damages the skin cell DNA, resulting
in long term skin disease .
Most sunscreens protect from UVA damage, but only broad
spectrum sunscreens protect both from UVA and UVB. These
are the ones to look for.
Previously, those products that protected from both
UVA and UVB were referred to as 'Sunblocks'; and those
that protected the skin from UVA, referred to as 'Sunscreens'.
Many consumer bodies around the world are now banning
manufacturers from referring to their broad spectrum
sun protection products as sun blocks, unless they work
in the manner as outlined above.
This has just added confusion to the market for consumers
- hence the need to fully understand the ingredients
in the products.
UV Sunscreen Ingredients
Overall you are aiming to use a sun protection product
- Blocks both UVA and UVB for at least 2 hours
- Is waterproof - if required
- Does not irritate the skin - especially if you have
- Maintains its effectiveness for the duration
- Is easy to apply and does not stain clothing.
Key ingredients include:
So next time you slip, slop, slap, take a minute to
read the label and ensure you are getting all the sun
protection you thought you were.
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