Monday, July 1, 2013

Sun protection explained

Most people do not get adequate sun protection, but the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using broad-spectrum SPF 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s rays.

However, proper protection doesn’t stop there. Using products with the highest SPF protection has raised confusion among consumers. Below are some of the things that sun protection users should be aware of:  

The highest SPF
Bruce Katz, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, says that SPF 50 should be enough to be considered a good number for maximum sun protection. When the products say SPF 80+, this would most likely be a marketing strategy.  

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Protecting the hair
 While some hair protective products can be put to good use, they’re not an assurance of protecting the scalp as well. An effective way of covering the scalp from the sun’s harmful effects is by wearing a hat and applying sunblock all over it.

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The right way to apply sunscreen
To maximize protection, the product should be applied properly. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure. One application is not enough throughout the day. The product should be reapplied every two hours, especially when the person is out swimming. The amount of product to use has to be an ounce for creams, a 0.002 mm layer for liquids, or a 30-second application for sprays.

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With the help of the US Food and Drug Administration, which has issued a new regulation on sunscreen distribution and use, the protective properties of a product can now be easily spotted on labels, the level of SPF included.  

Lift and Glow Pro is one with various health organizations in advocating healthy skin for all. This Twitter page provides resources on how to prevent different skin maladies.

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