Ask The Nurse; How Does Sun Block Work & What’s The Best To Use?

September 3, 2019

Sun blocks are topical products that protect the skin from UV and UVB radiation. Sunblock scatters, absorbs, or reflects the UV rays, before it reaches the skin. Sunblock can also prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and sunburn. The U.S. FDA says to use on a product labeled as broad spectrum and SPF 15 or higher for both UV and UVB rays. There are many forms out there. Find the one that works best for you, there are many varieties out there to choose from. The FDA suggests reapplying it every 1 to 2 hours, especially if swimming.

Limit the time you spend in the sun. It is hottest from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wear long sleeves, long pants and a hat that shades the face along with sunglasses. It is important to purchase sunglasses that absorb from 99% to 100% of UV rays. Also, remember that certain medications can cause an increased risk of sunburns. Read your medication labels carefully.

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