SUN CREAMS: SUN SCREENS
What are sunscreens for?
Sunscreens are designed to protect us against the pernicious effect of ultraviolet rays. In opposition to ultraviolet rays, we can choose to cover our body with clothes that protect (hats, caps, etc.) or use a sunscreen.
Sunscreens are filters that permit our skin to be exposed to sun so that it can be suntanned properly and, at the same time, it can be more protected from burns, erythema, aging or the development of melanomas.
Many people do not use these creams because they assume that their use decreases tanning. This is false because using these products allows the skin to tan properly, the effects of the tan last longer and the skin does not suffer the negative effects of sun rays. (More information about" Effects of the sun in the skin" in the listing above)
What skin types should use sunscreen?
The use of sunscreens is required for all skin types, although dark skin contain more melanin and are better protected. (Melanin is a natural pigment that protects skin against the action of ultraviolet rays).
People with black hair and dark skin have more melanin than people with brown hair, blonde or red hair and white skin. This does not mean dark people should not be protected but they will need a lower index of sun protection factor (SPF) (More information about this in " Types of skin" in the listing above)
Types of sunscreens
There are two types of sunscreens:
Do sunscreens protect you completely?
According to dermatologists sunscreens do not fully protect your against the harmful effects of sunlight. The best sun protection is to avoid direct sunlight.
It is also recommended to protect your head with a hat or cap and to use adequate sunglasses to protect your eyes against ultraviolet rays.
More information about sun creams and sunburns in the listing above.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.