Understanding SunscreensheadingContent

Posted on October 18, 2013

daughter applying sunscreen on moms and her nose and cheeksChoosing a sunscreen isn’t as simple as it used to be.

Sunscreens help protect you from the sun’s dangerous rays in two ways. Some work by scattering the light, reflecting it away from your body. Others absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin.

A few years ago, choosing a good sunscreen meant you just looked for a high sun protection factor (SPF). SPF stands for sun protection factor. This number indicates how much protection you are being offered from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet B rays – the ones that cause most skin cancers and sunburns. But research has shown that exposure ultraviolet A rays (UVA) can also increase skin cancer risk. While UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, they penetrate deeply into skin and cause wrinkles.

So which is the best sunscreen for you and your family? Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA. Sunscreens with a higher SPF should offer more protection from UVB rays. Look for an SPF 15 or higher. If you’re going to be exercising or in the water, look for a sunscreen resistant to water and sweat.

For more information on how to choose the right sunscreen for you and family, contact your Tenet Physician at 1-866-654-2362 or visit https://www.tenetfloridaphysicianservices.com/.