Sunscreen – A Hit Or a Miss?

I recently ran into former neighbor of mine. She recognized me while I had no idea who she was. We’re the same age, yet her skin is wrinkled with age spots. I remember she used to stretch out in the sun every chance she got. I’m grateful now that I didn’t.

We’ve all learned that UV rays cause sun damage and alter the look of skin. Sunburns and tans are short term signs; long term effects range from wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin to pre-cancerous growths and skin cancer. The damage gets worse with repeated exposures.

There are two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into lower layers of skin and are the major source of early aging and skin cancer. UVB rays mostly effect the surface of the skin and cause sunburns.

The closer to the equator, the stronger UV rays are. However, whether you’re in a northern or tropical location, it’s important to know how and when to guard your skin against ultraviolet rays.

Apply sunscreen every morning and re-apply it after swimming or perspiring excessively. Stay out of the sun from 12 – 4, or wear sunscreen plus protective clothing if you go outside during those hours.

Wear sunscreen even on days you’re not going outdoors. “Secondary exposure” can occur in the shade, on cloudy days, while driving, sitting near a window or even indoors. If you add secondary exposure to time spent outdoors, your weekly UV-radiation exposure can equal a weekend at the beach without sunscreen.

The safest, most effective sunscreen is a non-nanoparticle clear zinc oxide product. Most “regular” sunscreens contain ingredients banned in other countries because of their toxic ingredients. Zinc oxide is considered safe across the globe.

Research indicates that a buildup of toxic chemicals on the skin can cause acne and prematurely aging skin. Using the wrong sunscreen could defeat the purpose of wearing it.

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