There has always been a controversy whether sunscreen offers sun protection or not and which product experts claim as being healthy and safe.
Based on the latest study, most products provide less protection than what is mentioned on the label. Besides sunburns and rashes, skin cancer is the biggest threat posed by the ultraviolet rays.
Based on the statistics from the American Cancer Society, around 10,130 patients die every year of melanoma, and approximately 76,380 new cases are registered every year. These numbers prove that beachgoers need to take active measures to tackle this problem.
According to Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, American Cancer Society deputy chief medical officer, melanoma risk increases even after a single exposure. Out of the three types of skin cancer, melanoma is the one that can be deadly whereas the other two can be treated more easily.
Experts recommend people to follow a simple set of rules so they can benefit from sun protection during summer time. First of all, the labels “waterproof” and “sunblock” are false, because no sunscreen product can block the entire range of UV rays.
Also, every sunscreen loses its effect after a short time. That is why doctors recommend beachgoers to reapply it at every two hours, after swimming, or excessive sweating.
UV rays are divided into A and B types. UVB rays are more common but less dangerous that UVA rays which can penetrate the skin deeper and increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Scientists advise people to look for a product that has the ‘broad spectrum’ label on it because it will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The level of protection is measured by the SPF, which comes from the sun protection factor.
According to physicians, SFP 15 sunscreen provides 93 percent block against UV rays, whereas SPF 30 products offer 93 percent protection. Any sunscreen with a higher SPF than this offers just a little additional protection.
In is also worth mentioning that the sun protection package includes protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, hats, and sunglasses with high UV rays blocking rate.
But most important of all, people should seek shade during the hottest hours of the day around noon when the risk of sunburns reaches the highest peak. Sun protection is not a subject to be taken lightly, so people need to be aware of the fact that their health comes first.
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