Sunscreen can be a valuable tool for skin cancer prevention - but only if it's used correctly. They found that just one-third of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin, while only 38 per cent were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats or sunglasses.
Let us take a look at some of the key factors shared by the American Academy of Dermatology that you must keep handy while buying a sunblock for yourself.
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"When you consider the prevalence of this disease and how many people will see our messages, we know that lives will be saved", said Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, in a press release.
You should apply sunscreen to ALL areas of exposed skin.
The researchers also observed that more women than men utilized the free sunscreen dispensers at the state fair; while 51 percent of the fair attendees were women, they accounted for 57 percent of the sunscreen users. But in truth, not all sunscreens are created equal from an effectiveness point of view, either.More news: Scattered showers this evening
A YouGov poll this week found that half of Britons who wear sunscreen could be leaving themselves unprotected from UV rays by using out-of-date products. If not, they need a high level of protection, around 30 SPF. Both UVA and UVB cause damage to the skin; UVA penetrates deep into the skin causing wrinkling and other signs of aging whereas UVB only reaches superficial layers of the skin resulting in sunburn.
Consumer Reports said that the SPF numbers listed on containers were not always a reliable indicator of the sunscreen's protection level and that nearly a third of the sunscreens that they tested did not match the SPF numbers listed. They suggest applying at least one teaspoon to each body part 15 to 30 minutes before going out and reapplying every two hours. Those with sensitive skin also should avoid sunscreens that contain fragrance, oils and para-aminobenzoic acid, also known as PABA. Consumer Reports uses their own testing methods to determine sunscreens' SPF, which is a measure of how well a product guards against UVB rays.
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