It’s the first day of summer today.
What better time to talk about sunscreen?
The NYT has a blog post called : ” The New Rules for Sunscreen“.
My mom is super serious about sunscreen, thankfully, and has instilled that in me as well.
I also don’t do well in sun and heat, and sunscreen actually helps with that.
Here are the main points from the article (these are quotes):
Use of the label “broad spectrum protection” now means the sunscreen has been proved to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, although the UVA protection may be comparatively weaker.
Ultraviolet A rays are associated with aging and skin damage, but some experts believe they may also be implicated in skin cancer.
Products cannot claim to be waterproof, only water-resistant, and labels must note a time limit of either 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen is ineffective.
It’s not clear that sunscreens with higher SPFs (higher than 50) actually are more effective. Higher SPF values are misleading. “It’s like the gas mileage sticker on a car. It’s based on test conditions that you’ll never achieve in the real world”.
Try to keep older children inside when the sun is harshest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Avoid sunscreen sprays. The F.D.A. has banned sunscreen powders (though some products may still be available) and has asked for more data on sprays. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.
Take endorsements and seals of approval with a grain of salt. The Skin Cancer Foundation gives a “seal of recommendation” to sunscreens, but only if their manufacturer has donated $10,000 to become a member of the organization.
Yay healthy skin!
Have a wonderful and sunburn free summer!