Sunscreens are substances and materials that protect skin from ultraviolet radiation. They are available in the form of lotions, creams, gels, spray and ointments that can be applied to the skin. The list includes sticks that can be used on the nose and eyelids, sunglasses, moisturisers, certain types of sun protection clothing and film screens that can be fixed on the windows of cars, rooms and offices.
People have been using sunscreens for quite some time and are aware of the rules governing their usage, quantities to be used and how often to apply when you are out in the sun. Based on scientific studies, it is time to update knowledge on sunscreen usage strategies. Given below are some of the updates, contrasting the old knowledge with the current information.
Old knowledge: One should never use tanning beds. Current informationsupports this view as it increases the risk of getting melanoma by 75 per cent and by 90 per cent , the risk of skin ageing and wrinkles and brown spots forming. But a safe method of tanning is when persons are taught to use self-tanners allowing them to spend less time in the sun and control the tanner in a way that gives a gradual tint that helps fade existing sun spots.
In conclusion, a lot of people like to have a tanned skin to give themselves a healthy glow. But getting it from the sun can be risky as the sun’s UV rays can result in skin damage, sunspots and wrinkles. Sunscreens are used to eliminate these effects. This article gives updates on strategies on the use of sunscreens based on latest research.
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