Sun Protection Lotion: What You Need To Know – Part 1

Summer is here. Traditionally that means more time outdoors in the sun. But it can get hot around Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation and too much sun exposure can be dangerous. In fact, “about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

That’s why you need sun protection lotion or what’s commonly known as suntan lotion, sunscreen or sunblock. The actual name is less important than the ingredients, so don’t worry about that. This post aims to give you the knowledge necessary for making an informed purchase and using the lotion effectively.

bright sun with sunglasses rising above the clouds

Ultraviolet Rays and Sun Protection Lotion1

Not all sun protection lotion was created equally. So, it’s important for you to tell one apart from another. Essentially, there are 2 forms of ultraviolet rays: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) and sunscreen protects you from these rays by either absorbing or by scattering them.

While UVB rays can lead to sunburn, UVA rays penetrate the skin and cause wrinkles but don’t burn the skin. However, like UVB rays, they also increase the risk of cancer.

So, you want to make sure your sunscreen covers both UVA and UVB rays. This is known as broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection. You’ll want to make sure you find this term on your lotion.

Additional Sunscreen Features

Sunscreens that contain vitamin E have an additional benefit, says Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD. They protect from environmental damage along with photolyase enzymes, which can repair DNA damage from ultraviolet light. If your lotion has this ingredient, that’s definitely a plus.

Stay tuned to our next installment where we’ll discuss UVA and UVB protection in greater detail and more.


1 http://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/whats-best-sunscreen#1

 


Disclaimer, or Use At Your Own Risk

Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation does not take any responsibility for this post’s content. Any action you take based on its information is strictly at your own risk. You should always speak to your doctor regarding medical information and your health.

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