With the arrival of the summer season, it is impossible not to pay more attention to sun protection products and, respectively, to the increased risk of skin cancer, which has become incredibly common in recent years.
People with lighter skin are much more likely to develop skin cancer, according to statistics, while darker skinned people have a higher death rate. Perhaps because their cancer is detected at a later terminal stage.
What should we do to protect ourselves from the sun's harmful UV radiation? A study on this issue conducted in the US revealed several unexpected facts about sunscreens.
Who are they?
1. Sunscreen sprays should be avoided
Many people prefer them because they are more convenient, since you don't have to painstakingly apply to hard-to-reach places, you just spray and you're done! It is because of this that entire areas of the skin that remain unprotected for too long are missed.
Furthermore, there is serious concern that the sprays are very harmful when inhaled and cause other additional he alth problems.
2. Use lotions with a broad spectrum of protection
There is a lot of talk about the harm of UV rays, but it is not mentioned that they are divided into UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are the main culprit of sunburn, and UVA rays are those that cause deeper damage related to wrinkles, aging, changes in skin cells, respectively - increased tumor cell division.
3. Do not use protection factor 50+
Research shows that SPF 50+ products protect against burning, but could leave skin exposed to harmful UVA rays. Although most lotions are advertised as having a sun protection factor, this usually only applies to UVB rays. So the skin remains half protected.
Choose lotions that are specifically stated to protect against both types of radiation.
4. Avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone
Most anti-burn products contain this harmful ingredient. According to research, this chemical penetrates deep into the skin and enters the bloodstream and begins to act like estrogen. This can cause allergic reactions and other he alth harms, including endometriosis and low sperm count in men.