Choosing a sunscreen that will keep out harmful UV all season long.
Summer is one of the greatest times of year for outdoor enthusiasts: an endless list of fun outdoor activities, long days filled with sunshine and warmth, summer vacations spent adventuring all across the country
. It's the one time of year where grownups and teenagers alike sit inside at work simply daydreaming about getting outside; Counting down the moments until they can go on the boat, go for a run, play in the water or simply lounge outside and soak up every ounce of sunshine the sun has to offer.
However, as much as we love the summer sun (and just how darn good
it makes us feel), it's important that we remember to take proper preventative measures each and every time we are outside so we do not fall victim to the sun's harmful ultraviolent (UV) rays.
Melanoma especially, the most serious type of skin cancer, is caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolent radiation. The most dangerous part of melanoma is that it can appear suddenly without warming, simply disguised as a harmless mole or birth mark. However, this type of skin cancer is extremely harmful to a person's health and is responsible for more than 73% of skin care deaths.
Luckily, melanoma is extremely easy to prevent as long as people remember to include one thing in their daily summer activities- sunscreen.
Wearing sunscreen when you are exposed to UV rays and avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight are two of the most significant preventable causes of melanoma
. However, despite how simple and pain-free these solutions may be, many people are still unprotected from harmful UV rays because they do not know what to look for in a proper sunscreen.
There are several key factors that go into good protective and withstanding sunscreen:
· SPF Factor: The sun protection factor (SPF) of a sunscreen measures the length of time in which the skin is protected against skin reddening, versus how long it takes the skin to redden without any protection. For example, if you typically begin getting red skin after being in the sun for 20 minutes, wearing a sunscreen with SPF 15 will prevent reddening 15 times longer (about five hours).
· Broad-Spectrum Protection:
While, in the past, most sunscreens only had to protect against sunburn caused by ultraviolent B (UVB) rays, many scientists are now saying that it is extremely important that sunscreen also provide protection against ultraviolent A (UVA) rays. In order for a sunscreen to pass the broad spectrum test
, it must show that it fully protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
· Waterproof or Water Resistant: The FDA considers a product "water-resistant" if it maintains its SPF levels after 40 minutes of being exposed to water. A product is considered "waterproof" if it maintains its SPF level after 80 minutes of being exposed to water.
Understanding the different factors that make up a proper, protective sunscreen will not only help to delay the natural aging process and prevent several different skin problems, but it will also help protect your skin from serious skin cancers, including melanoma.
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