Sunscreens have long been used by humans to get protection from the harmful rays of the sun. While doing research I found that the earliest form of sunscreen was used by the early Egyptian Civilization, thousands of years ago.
The concern behind their invention of the primitive sunscreen (made with rice bran extracts) was similar to that of Benjamin Green, that is, protection from the sun. He is one of the earliest inventors of sunscreen and the founder ‘Coppertone’, a popular brand of suntan lotion.
Latest research indicates that sunscreens do a lot more than just protecting you from the Sun. Sunscreen prevents harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, UV-A and UV-B, from entering the skin. These rays are responsible for causing tans, sunburns, and blotches. More severe and long-term side effects of these rays are premature aging, excessive wrinkling on the face, and leathery skin.
Some researches and doctors directly point to the positive role played by sunscreens in lowering the risk of skin cancer. The deadliest kind of skin cancer, Melanoma, is caused by exposure to the UV Rays which sunscreens help filter out. In a survey conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 96.7% of the individuals using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 are saved from these harmful rays.
While using a sunscreen, it is important to be well informed and realistic about its usage. Listed below are some of the essential facts that you need to keep in mind:
- Your sunscreen should include ingredients that protect you from both UV-A and UV-B rays. Such sunscreens have the label ‘broad spectrum’ on them
- You cannot avoid sunscreen even if your skin color is dark
- Sunscreen should not be used just to protect your face, but the entire body
- Sunscreen should be applied all year round so as to work effectively
- It needs to be re-applied after activities such as swimming or sweating
The most common skin complications from lack of care include wrinkling and premature aging. Alternative methods to cure them are Botox and Laser Resurfacing. For inexpensive medical treatment, I refer to www.medhalt.com.
Since prevention is always better than cure, it is advised to prevent these complications through regular usage of sunscreen. Being well informed and diligent about its use can have positive results for a healthy skin.