As the last period was dedicated to the study and documentation on the subject of sun protection, I came to accumulate not only a solid knowledge base, but I also learned a lot of new and very useful information that I want to share with you. Everything you need to know about bronze and the sun protection factor can be found in the article here, and today I just want to bring some new and timely information.
Despite the fact that the idea of bronze has not changed much in recent years (ideas such as bronze is good, bronze protects, etc.), I notice worldwide a growing awareness of the risk of sun exposure and a greater media coverage of the precautions to be taken, and even the emergence of some small innovations in this field.
The first innovation that caught my eye is clothes with SPF (in English UPF * clothes, Meaning UPF ultraviolet protection factor) . Applying creams on the face, neck and décolleté when only these areas are exposed does not guarantee that the clothes protect you from ultraviolet rays. As they penetrate very easily into various materials such as glass, you should know that the material of a beach umbrella or a long-sleeved blouse does not provide you with ultraviolet protection. UPF clothing is designed to absorb or reflect UV rays up to 98%, reducing the harmful effects on the skin. Maybe the next time you want to buy a new swimsuit, consider a UV-repellent material. UPF clothes are generally found in sporting goods stores, and below is a list of brands that manufacture such products. Unfortunately, not all variants can be found in Romania, but you can buy them on Amazon.com.
* UPF is the unit of measurement established by scientists to measure the ability of a material to prevent the harmful effects of UV rays. In short, it represents the effectiveness of a material to block / repel UV rays.
The find that impressed me the most instead is the laundry detergent offered by UPF 30 - SunGuard which you find here. SunGuard is a very affordable care product (costs 3$) that is added to the washing machine along with detergent and helps the clothes to block at least 96% of UV rays so that they do not reach the skin. After using SunGuard, the material provides UPF protection for another 20 washes. For example, the UPF factor of cotton is 5 and using this detergent you will increase the degree of protection from 5 to 30. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it is a less accessible product for Europeans.
I also found out a very interesting thing: the American dermatologist Fredric Brandt, a member of the International Society for Dermatological Surgery, explained in one of his studies that the effect of protective products are diminished by the consumption of sugar and alcohol. So before you enjoy a delicious cocktail on the beach, I advise you to think better. Consumption of sugar and alcohol causes inflammation of the skin which leads to the release of free radicals. In this case it is recommended to reapply the sunscreen frequently to combat these effects.
When you know that a period of prolonged sun exposure is coming, you need to keep in mind that some Medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines or anti-acne treatments can cause extra sensitivity to sun exposure. Also, Scented aromas such as lavender, bergamot oil, sandalwood or musk can sensitize sun-exposed skin, so it is not recommended to apply them before meeting the sun's rays.
We all know that one of the most important arguments to watch out for when exposed to ultraviolet light is the appearance of skin cancer. Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, can also set in weirder places, so we need to apply sunscreen to our scalp, ears, hands and feet. One of the most common places where skin cancer is detected is between the fingers or on the eyelids, two areas most often neglected.
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