7 Facts About Sunscreen

by Kelsey Norwood

in Health

  • People with dark skin still need sunscreen – you can have skin damage even if you can’t visibly see it because of the tone of your skin.

  • Waterproof sunscreen does come off somewhat in the water so be sure to re-apply.
  • Sunscreen doesn’t last all day, so re-apply every few hours even if you’re not in the water.
  • Always wear sunscreen between SPF 15-30. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocks 97%, so SPF 15 is not twice as protective as SPF 30.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out into the sun.
  • You can get a sunburn on a cloudy day and even when you’re in the shade.


  • There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color is a sign of skin damage. Every time your skin color changes after sun exposure, your risk of developing sun-related ailments increases. (www.epa.gov)

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1 Madhavi Bhatia April 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Apparently all is not really well with sun block and sunscreen. Has anyone heard of the Draize test ?This is apparently done on animals?

Use sun block rather than sunscreen. Sunblock lies ontop of the skin rather than getting absorbed by it.
Do not used micronised titanium products. Smaller particles of titanium tend to enter the skin and cause damage. Stick with the un-micronised stuff. Sunscreen and Sunblocks
Use broad spectrum sunblocks.
Eat for sun protection: load up on natural anti-oxidants in your diet. Include fresh berries, green tea, spirulina and as many other natural anti-oxidants as you can.
Cover up in the sun: the clothing, hats and glasses with afford lots of protection.
Use natural sunscreens like shea butter.
Use natural anti tanners like real lemon juice.

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