11/6/2014 – You should be wearing sunscreen during the fall and winter months, even when it is cloudy. Your skin will thank you.
Please do not get sun burns. Your chance of getting melanoma increases by 45% if you have had 4-5 sun burns in your life. I saw this on a poster at KAISER just this week when I was getting suspicious growths cut off my face and arm. Thank goodness they were not cancer!
Many people don’t realize there’s a difference between the two.
True to its name, sunblock reflects the sun’s rays, thereby blocking them from reaching your skin. Sunblock such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are highly effective in protecting against both UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays (the types that cause sunburn and skin cancer).
Sunscreen absorbs rather than reflects Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They usually contain Benzophenones which protect against UVA and UVB rays. It is recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15. People with fair skin or at high risk for skin cancer may want to go higher.
Two new sunscreens: AntheliosSX and Helioplex, provide longer lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays.