Frequently Asked Sunscreen Questions

The use of sun screen is something which has been stressed by our parents in the past and is now being constantly being reminded by the media and marketing campaigns. However, there are those questions that never seem to be answered. What SPF is best to use or why are there so many different types and does it vary from region to region, then which type is best for my region are questions we all have and the marketing teams of the sun screen companies just don’t seem to answer. Here are a few such questions we found answers to.

What is the Highest SPF?

Sun protection factor or SPF is a measure of the degree of protection the sun screen is able to provide for your skin. You must have seen various levels of SPF written on the bottles of sun screen available on the market. These range from the usual 30 to as high as 80 and 90. However, doctors have confirmed that the highest level of SPF is in fact 50 and all other high numbers are simply marketing strategies used to promote the product by saying it has a high SPF value and create a sense of higher protection in the minds of the consumer. Regulatory bodies in some countries have even resolved to name all sun screen bottles to be 50+ instead of the high numbers so as to remove this scam. Look here for more information about a window film that is designed to reduced fading caused by the sun and give you also protevtion from the UV light.

However, whichever degree of sun screen you may be using, it is always best to have a more permanent solution such as a car tinting or a window film on your vehicles and windows at home as the use of sunscreens can only protect to a certain degree and this form of screening is best for children who usually are not advised to use sunscreen on a daily basis. It is also important to remember to apply sun screen well before stepping out in to the sun. However strong your sun screen may be, it still requires at least twenty minutes to sink in and thus one needs to be indoors or shaded during that small window.

Sun-protective Hair Products: Waste or Essential?

There are a number of these hair products on the market which provide protection from the UV rays and can be sprayed on. However, these products simply block or protect the hair from discoloring and retaining the hue. There is a false idea that these help prevent cancers which are commonly formed on the scalp. These products simply protect the hair strands and not the scalp and especially if you have thin hair, it is advised to use a traditional cap or hat along with SPF treatment to keep the scalp area from being over exposed.