Many don't use sunscreen properly, raising risk of skin cancer

Henrietta Strickland
May 26, 2017

People of all ages need to protect themselves from the sun by using sunscreen.

The watchdog said sunscreen makers should do more frequent testing and that lotions and sprays should be stamped with a use-by date as the SPF declines over time.

Fact: Although makeup and facial moisturizers with sunscreens have adequate SPF levels, the products typically don't provide the same amount of protection because they are generally not reapplied. Both types of UV rays can lead to skin cancer. You should use sunscreen regularly and reapply often.

Avon's £10 Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30 was the only product to fail the annual Which? "To get the best possible sun protection, it's important to wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, not just your face and arms".

"Mineral sunscreens are thicker and may leave a whitish color on your skin, so if this keeps you from wearing it, that is not good, and "medically" means you are higher risk for skin cancer", she said. That got the product an Excellent rating for UVB (SPF) protection and a recommended designation.

SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays; SPF 30 filters out 97 percent; and SPF 50 filters out 98 percent.

Many of us love the beach and we know that sunscreen is a must.

About the AADHeadquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations.

Myth: Skin cancer is not a common problem. Apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or above) generously on the tattoo.

Choose products labeled "broad spectrum".

Let us face it, in a country like India sunscreen is an absolute indispensable tool to battle the damaging effects of harmful UVA/ UVB rays.

UVA stands for ultra violet A. It's the sun's long-wave rays and can cause wrinkling and age spots.

The rule of thumb is generally the lighter the skin, the greater the SPF level needed, and the darker the skin calls for a lesser level.

For sensitive skin, choose a sunscreen with the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Although a parasol stops direct beams, it is no match for diffuse radiation - rays that have been scattered in all directions on their way to Earth, Texas researchers said.

With age, skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and less likely to protect and rejuvenate itself.

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