Most people don’t realize that the front windshield of your vehicle offers greater protection from the UV-A sunrays than your side windshields. Driving has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure through the windows, which do not filter UVA rays. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded more cases involved the left arm and left side of the face, according to the CBC in Canada.
What should you do? Wear sunscreen daily and apply to your face and arms generously on a daily basis. But just stick with SPF 15 and broad spectrum sunscreens. Remember SPF rating protects only against UVB rays and doesn’t even cover the aging UVA rays. Also the higher the SPF, the more toxic chemicals there are in the sunscreen typically, and if you are applying it all over your body, it increases the likelihood of absorption into the body. Specifically 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin. Retinyl palminate has also been found to have negative health consequences.
- oxybenzone – can behave like estrogen in the body
- retinyl palminate – may speed the development of skin tumors when exposed to sun
Broad Spectrum and what does it mean? Broad spectrum means the product protects against both UVB rays that cause sunburns and also UVA radiation that causes premature skin damage and aging. Most dermatologists agree that broad spectrum sunscreens are the best.
Don’t’ forget, lotions are better than spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection. Secondly spray sunscreens can be inhaled by children and the chemicals in sunscreen were never tested for effects on lungs of humans.
In conclusion, make sure to apply sunscreen each day but keep in mind the harmful pitfalls that exist in sunscreen and their perception too.
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