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Here Comes The Sun…Protection

Posted Jun 22 2010 2:31pm

The SunHere comes the sun, and so does its ultraviolet radiation. The summer is here and it’s important to use sunscreen to protect your skin against sunburns. Sunscreen or sun blockers are available in many different forms: lotion, spray or gels.

The UV index is an important way to raise public awareness of the risks of excessive exposure to the sun and its UV radiation.

It’s highly recommended that you identify the SPF, Sun Protection Factor, which is ideal for your type of skin. The SPF of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen. It’s pretty simple to understand: the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B, the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn. And remember: light skin needs more protection than darker skin.

You should be careful when selecting a sunscreen product because some ingredients may be dangerous to your health. Sunscreens contain chemical compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, generally inorganic particulates that reflect and absorb UV light such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide .

Studies have shown that some ingredients used in sunscreens such as alcohol and isopropyl can really dry up the skin and may promote brown spots and premature aging.

Moreover, ingredients such as parabens, methylisothiazolinone, bronopol, propylene/butylene glycol, quaternium and steraralkonium sometimes cause allergic reactions; and definitely stay away from an ingredient called PABA , known for its dangerous effect on the skin.

All natural sunscreens products are safe and efficient to protect your skin. These natural sunscreens are made with zinc oxide instead of chemicals, using only all natural and organic ingredients in their formulas.

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