Here Comes The Sun

Summer is upon us..well, at least for those from the Northern hemisphere. And that means at least 2 things..sunglasses and sunscreen lotions. While the former is quite straight-forward, try understanding the confusing world of sunscreens, aka sun-tan lotions. Case in point:

  • Sunscreens are to protect against the 2 types of ultra-violet rays: UVA (which causes wrinkling) and UVB (causes burning). Both are cancer-causing. The ones on the market right now have varying protection against these 2 rays.
  • All sunscreens wrongly claim to be waterproof or sweatproof. They are merely water resistant and even then for a limited time only.
  • Sunscreens with SPF (sun-protection factor) of  more than 80 offer better protection than those with lesser SPF. In reality, the maximum SPF possible is 50. A SPF of 15 is usually sufficient to prevent sunburn.

The confusing world of sunscreens is about to get simpler, if the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)has its way:

Although these regulations are going to take 1-2 more years to implement, it will be a step in the right direction for today’s empowered consumers. However, the biggest problem of all is really to ensure that those exposed to the sun will apply enough of the lotion to give them adequate protection!


One response

  1. Doc, I think that the best protection against the fierce sun, especially in Malaysia, is to stay out of the sun from 9am to 6pm.
    No sunblock ever made can protect against it during these hours.
    Doctor2008: You can achieve that, you’re one of the very lucky few!

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