Study: Apply sunscreen abundantly to prevent sun damage this summer

Front view portrait of a woman applying sun cream to her face

May is the month that reminds of skin cancer awareness and the best way to prevent it by applying sunscreen. According to researchers, people barely use sunscreen for skin protection purpose. Researchers believe that applying a little sunscreen does not prevent the sun damage at all. One needs to apply the best brand sunscreen and in abundance.

There are the mistakes that were studied and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology last year that consisted of a report regarding an experiment that was performed where free sunscreen dispensers. The researcher decided to install the dispensers on the grounds throughout of Minnesota State Fair and watched the response of people. After 93 hours, 2,187 people applied the free sunscreen out of which only one-third of them applied it all over their exposed skin areas and the rest only applied it on their hands.

Other things that researchers observed in this experiment were that more women used the free sunscreen than men and only a few people used it o the cloudy days. Ingrid Polcari, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and one of the authors of the study has to say that even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your skin.

According to the diagnosis done by American Cancer Society, about 87, 110 new cases of melanoma have been diagnosed last year which means that people need to take the sunscreen application seriously. Sunscreens are not the beauty products but they help you protect the skin from the harsh UV rays when you are out in the hottest months of the year. People mistake it to be a beauty product and that only women need to wear it, which is not right.

Applying sunscreen to all the exposed skin area and not only focusing on face and hands is important. You need to follow the dermatologist guideline for the right way of application and you can adjust the amount according to your body size. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more for better coverage and protection. Although no sunscreen can give 100% sun protection, the SPF 30 and above sunscreens help in blocking almost 97% of the harmful UVB rays. Exposure to the UV and UVB rays for long hours without sunscreen can eventually lead to skin cancer and other diseases.




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