A new Journal released by the Health day news gave the information regarding the application of sunscreen, the slathering in the summer. As we know that the Memorial Day weekend has started and most Americans are still confused about the proper application or usage of sunscreen in the correct way. The Academy of Dermatology which is commonly known as AAD gave information regarding the use of sunscreen and how the SPF or the Sun Protection Factor works.
Most Of The Americans Don’t Have Many Ideas About The Application Of Sunscreen
According to research, a poll was done among 1000 U.S citizens who were mostly adults. They found that almost 80 percent knew that they should apply sunscreen when they are out in the sun, but almost 33 percent did not have a clue about it. The findings showed that 42 percent of people do not re-apply or only re-apply when they get wet.
Three out of the 10 participants reciprocated that they only apply the sunscreen on their face and not in any other part of their body. One of the recent journals from the JAMA Dermatology said that most American citizens consider the ratings of the SPF or the Sun Protection Factor as a major criterion while buying a sunscreen.
Dr. Henry Lim who is a former chairperson in the dermatology department in the Henry Ford health care center located in Detroit said that one can also read the labels and the back of the sunscreen from where you can gather much-needed information which you never knew.
The back of the product contains vital information like the material from which they are made, the SPF rating, moisture content, the expiration, and also the guide on how and when this must be applied.
Lim said in one of the AAD news releases that he always tells the patients to look for the 3 ratings present in the sunscreen. The first one is the SPF 30 or more, water-resistant and the protection from a broad spectrum.
It is known that the SPF 30 can block almost 97 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays which can damage the skin and the SPF ratings which are higher blocks more percentage. Lim added that reapplication is the major difference when it comes to healthy skin and a bad skincare routine.
He added that many people stay in the misconception that if they use the highest rating of the sunscreen, he or they can be the daylight in the sun without reapplication. However, this is not the case.
The Definition of the SPF is that how well the sunscreen can protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. It is not the measurement of how long the sunscreen can be applied to protect the skin. So, this is completely a myth.
There are various things you can implement for protection like you should seek shade when the sun is the brightest. You should look for water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen having an SPF rating of 30 or higher.