You can Stay Safe in the Sun and Have Fun this summer! Wearing sunscreen is a vital component of preventing your summer fun from reappearing later. Not only can sunscreen protect you from sunburn, but it will also help you avoid skin cancer later in life.
The Science of Sunscreen
When exposed to the sun, most sunscreen agents lose their potency and break down. Because of the natural relationship between UV radiation and sunscreens, the breakdown of sunscreen is unavoidable, although it can be reduced by the use of higher quality products.
The FDA requires the use of solar simulators to test the long-term effectiveness of UVB sunscreens. These simulators, on the other hand, have proven to be a poor approach for determining a formula’s ability to endure under natural sunshine. In-sun testing is the most confirmed method for testing photostability, or how well a compound withstands sunshine, while being complex and time consuming. Only one sun care researcher is known to do both simulated and in-sun testing at this time.
One example I became aware of highlights advancements through recent scientific developments. Hawaiian Tropic has been able to develop sunscreen compositions that offer broad-spectrum protection and don’t break down as quickly in the sun as traditional sunscreens. In all of its SPF 15 to SPF 70 products, the company’s new patent-pending SunSure Technology combines a combination of chemicals to preserve the protective properties of Parsol 1789, a UVA absorber. Many stores carry this brand, and you can likely find this sunscreen on sale online.
Sun Care Tips
Below are a few additional tips to help keep yourself safe in the sun:
- Make sun protection a daily priority, regardless of your age. Sun protection is crucial for adults and essential for children, as UV rays have cumulative detrimental effects.
- Get out of the sun if your skin starts to turn red.
- Sunscreens aren’t just for the beach anymore. Sun protection is also recommended for outdoor winter activities.
- Wear a hat and other skin protection, such as UV resistant fabrics
- Try to avoid going outside during the peak solar hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.