Aloe Sunscreen Spray and Lotion
UVA Radiation Contribute to Skin Cancer and Skin AgingOn June 14th, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced significant changes to sunscreen products, to help consumers better understand and safely use sunscreens. The prior rules on sunscreens dealt almost exclusively with protection against sunburn, primarily caused by ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. These prior rules did not address ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. Although UVA radiation is not a significant cause of sunburn, UVA radiation does contribute to skin cancer and early skin aging. After reviewing the latest scientific research, the FDA has determined that sunscreens now need to be tested and labeled for the product’s protection against UVA radiation.
Since many inferior sunscreens presently do not block UVA radiation, people using these sunscreens may be exposed to a high level UVA without realizing it. The result is that people stay out in the sun longer, mistakenly believing that they are protected against both sunburn and harmful skin damage. However, if there is not UVA protection in the sunscreen, there is no protection against long-term harmful skin damage.
This sun protection factor largely depends on the amount of sunscreen used. However, most people tend to use less than what was used in the laboratory to qualify the sunscreen, thus they are under applying the sunscreen amount. The dose used in FDA sunscreen testing is approximately one ounce for an average-sized person in a bathing suit. This is a lot more than what the average person typically applies.
To ensure broad-spectrum protection, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sunscreens with at least one of the following ingredients: Avobenzone, Cinoxate, Ecamsule, Menthyl anthranilate, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Octyl salicylate, Oxybenzone, Sulisobenzone.
Research has shown that the best protection is achieved by application of broad-spectrum sunscreen 15–30 minutes before exposure, followed by one reapplication 15–30 minutes after the sun exposure begins. Further reapplication is necessary after activities such as swimming, sweating, or rubbing/wiping. I recommend that you follow these steps prior to sun exposure. I also recommend that if you are in the sun at high altitude, or near reflecting surfaces such as water or snow, that you take additional preventative measures for these situations. In these circumstances, limit your sun exposure by wearing UV protective clothing and UV protective eyewear, and frequently reapply your broad spectrum sunscreens. I recommend Forever Living Products sunscreens (www.foreverliving.com), both Aloe Sunscreen Spray and Aloe Sunscreen lotion. These are SPF 30, water resistant, and broad spectrum for both UVA and UVB protection, plus the aloe vera ingredient helps to sooth your skin naturally.
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