Published: Jul 24, 2011
Encouraging photo-protection is the leading preventative health strategy used by physicians involved in skin care (dermatologists, plastic surgeons, etc). Although sun avoidance is becoming increasingly more desirable, outdoor occupations and lifestyles make total avoidance impossible for many individuals.
The regular use of sunscreen represents a practical compromise in this regard. In humans, the regular use of sunscreen has been shown to reduce actinic keratosis, solar elastosis and squamous cell carcinoma. The daily use of sunscreen could help in the prevention of melasma and other discolorations.
Sunscreens are chemical or physical products used to protect the skin from sun damage. Chemical Sunscreens protect the skin by absorbing visibe and invisible, or ultraviolet sun rays. Physical Sunscreens protect the skin by reflecting sun rays.
Use UVA/UVB Sunscreens
There are three levels of protection that are commonly seen: PA+, PA++ and PA+++
This means you are better off picking a sunscreen with PA+++ which will provide you with the greatest protection.
These is some controversy about very high SPF numbers and just how much more protection they provide. As you can see from the percentages of protection of the different SPF numbers, the difference in UV ray protection between SPF 15 and SPF 30 is 5%, but the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 40 is only 0.5%. Therefore SPF 30 has become the most popular level of sun protection.
Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen regularly may reduce the risks of skin damage, some types of skin cancer and other harmful effects due to sun exposure. Sunscreen alone will not prevent all of the possible harmful effects of the sun for all consumers, even with the use of high SPF sunscreen drug products.
Minus-Sol is a unique product providing high protection against UVA and UVB rays. It is an oil-free formulation that contains as inactive ingredient, enhanced chitosan which results in a smooth silky feeling. Minus-Sol retains its SPF for upto 80 minutes of activity in water.