Spring has sprung, and summer is near! Where are you headed for fun and sun, this summer? Before you leave on your sunny adventure, be sure to get acquainted with sunscreen, its ingredients, and how you can protect yourself and your family from those harmful rays.
It is common knowledge that that sun’s UV rays are harmful to our skin. Most notably, UV radiation is the biggest risk factor for the development of the most common skin cancers. With increased awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, sunscreen use is on the rise. Here are a few tips on protecting your skin when you’re out enjoying the sun:
Safe Sunscreen Recommendations
Use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with Physical and Chemical Blockers
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are effective, non-toxic sun protection agents. When they are in the form of nanoparticles, they work even better and easily blend into the skin.
Use a Cream, Stick or Foam Sunscreen
There is evidence that shows that sunscreen ingredients, including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, can irritate the lungs upon inhalation. So, avoid sprays which often provide inadequate protection. Be sure to use a thick application to get the product’s maximum SPF.
Safely Protect Kids
You can start using sunscreen on babies when they are six months old. I advocate starting with sunprotective clothing as soon as you can. By using sunprotective clothing for babies and kids, it’s impossible for their sun protection to wear off! UPF 50 is recommended.
Sunscreen makers are constantly changing formulas to create products that are easier to use and more protective. It is certainly important to constantly consider, evaluate and re-evaluate the products you choose.
Our office has a variety of sunscreen products for sale. Please give us a call at (404) 464-6000 to learn more about them.