As we welcome the arrival of summer, it’s important to remember that sunshine is great for our mood and well-being, but overexposure to UV radiation can cause significant damage to our skin. The good news is that we can still enjoy the sunshine while keeping our skin healthy and safe with the use of sun block products.
Why is sunscreen important?
Did you know that UV radiation from the sun can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and skin discoloration? Repeated sun exposure can also increase the risk of skin cancer, which is why using sunscreen is so important.
Sunscreen works by blocking or absorbing the two types of UV radiation – UVA and UVB. UVA rays can cause premature aging, while UVB rays can cause sunburn. Sunscreen’s SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating indicates the level of protection it provides against UVB rays. For example, if you normally get a sunburn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 30 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without burning.
Not only can regular use of sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, but it can also help maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. By protecting against UV radiation, sunscreen can prevent wrinkles and fine lines, as well as uneven skin tone and discoloration. So, using sunscreen isn’t just about avoiding sunburn; it’s also about preserving your skin’s health and beauty.
How to choose and use a sunscreen effectively
There are two main types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Understanding the difference between the two can help you choose the best sunscreen for your skin type and needs.
Physical sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, use natural ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to physically block UV radiation from the skin. These ingredients form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, reflecting and scattering UV rays away from the skin. Physical sunscreens are often recommended for people with sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into heat, which is then released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens typically contain ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate. While chemical sunscreens can be effective, some people may experience skin irritation or allergic reactions to the chemical ingredients.
To get the most out of your sunscreen, it’s important to apply it properly. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and ears. Be sure to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you go outside, even on cloudy days. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat and protective clothing when spending extended periods of time outdoors.
At CCT Chemicals, Inc., we understand the importance of using high-quality sunscreen products to protect your skin from UV radiation. We offer a range of raw materials and active ingredients that can be used to create effective and safe sunscreen products. So, next time you’re enjoying the sunshine, remember to apply your sunscreen and protect your skin’s health and beauty.