Americans spend over $600 million a year on suntan lotion. There are literally hundreds of products on the market to choose. Choosing a product that is right for you and your family may be one of the trickiest decisions you make all summer. With the heightened attention to living, a healthier life choosing good protection is important so do a through suntan lotion review before you purchase.
The Food and Drug Administration recently changed the way merchants have to label suntan lotion products. Prior to this labeling change manufactures could label their products without having to prove the effectiveness because of this products could not always be trusted. Now the product will be labeled with its effectiveness against UVA (Ultraviolet-A) light, UVB light or both. Products are now prohibited from making claims that have not been proven such as “waterproof” and “all-day”. These changes benefit then consumers in choosing a product right for them.
When walking into a local merchant a customer will notice they can purchase sun protection from gels to spray on sunscreen and they can even purchase items specifically suited for the lips, eyes, or nose. Choose the product you are most comfortable applying. Remember to buy the one that offers the most SPF protection.
SPF is the abbreviation for sun-protection factor, and is usually reported in numbers such as 15 SPF or 100 SPF. This indicates how much sunburn protection the product provides. Do not rely on the SPF factor to determine how long it will take to get a sunburn because there are other factors that affect the amount of time it takes to burn. That will depend on where you are at, how long you are exposed to the son, and the time of day.
The best way to make sure you do not burn in the sun is to rub on the lotion or cream liberally. Most of the time consumers do not use enough of the product and end up sun burned even though they put on sunscreen. Make sure you put a lot of sunscreen on the first time and do it at least 30 minutes before you go outside.
Some products protect against only UVB radiation while others protect against UVB and UVA. If the product protects against both it is classified as broad spectrum. Broad Spectrum protection is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. Sunscreen is not recommended for infants under 6 months of age because there skin may not be able to handle the chemicals in the product.
The sun’s rays are damaging to the human body so always use sunscreen and reapply every two hours. If too much time is spent in the sun, it can cause premature wrinkling, sunburn, or even cancer. It is important to take all the necessary steps to protect the skin from sun damage.