Essay On Sunscreen

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Protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun is important for skin health. There are times we'll avoid thinking about it as we bake at the beach, but we all know it isn't great for us. Wearing sunscreen is supposed to be healthier because it blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays, and that's what the problem is with the sun – not the tan itself.

UVA and UVB are the two factors that have to be blocked with sunscreen or sunblock. Let's take a moment to talk about some terms before we dive into the ingredients you'll find in sun protection.

Sunscreen versus Sunblock

First, there's a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. Although they are used interchangeably, they're very different in terms of skin protection. Sunscreen uses chemicals to absorb UV rays while sunblocks use physical sunscreens to reflect UV rays back into the
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They can't stand against the UV rays for very long. That isn't true of titanium dioxide. It's used in many skincare products as well as sunblocks because of their reflective properties. It's a mineral that occurs naturally in the world as opposed to chemicals, which are manufactured.

Zinc Oxide

This is a mineral, too. It can be found in nature, but most zinc oxide is manufactured. The mineral will scatter UV rays, so they can't penetrate the skin. It's the only ingredient that has been approved for both UVA and UVB protection by the Food and Drug Administration.

While it sounds like many of these chemicals are incredibly dangerous for the body, the sun's rays are even more harmful. It's important to pick the best ingredients and level of sun protection based on how much UV rays you want to block.

Sunscreen and sunblock should be applied to exposed areas continuously when in the sun. That applies to overcast days or ones where it's a bit cold. It's not about the heat of the sun that causes sunburns and skin problems. It's the UV rays that the sun
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