Which Sunscreen?

June 28, 2011

Happy Summer! The sun is shining and the temperature is rising. Summertime in North Texas means we will be lathering up on the sunscreen before we hit the swimming pool or participate in the outdoor activities.

The Big Question??? Which sunscreen should we use?

Look for sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which physically block the ultra violet rays (UVR).

Ultraviolet “B” rays (UVB) and “A” (UVA) both play a role in causing skin cancer. In order to prevent skin cancer, you want to use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen.

Sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide that “broad spectrum” protection against UVB and UVA. One ounce (or a shot glass full) is the amount you need to cover your face and exposed body parts.

Find a sunscreen with SPF 30 which means that if it takes 10 minutes for you to burn in the noon hour sun, using SPF 30 will take 10 minutes times 30 or 300 minutes before you burn.

However, these measurements do not take into account sweating and water. Apply a water resistant sunscreen 30 minutes before getting in a pool or sweating and you will have better protection.

Try to avoid the sun between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. If you must be out seek shade and wear a hat!

Which Sunscreen? Use common sense and avoid getting a sun burn this summer!