This module used for develpment of drugotc store This module used for develpment of drugotc store


Home > Illness & Symptoms > Skin > Sunburns > Prevention for consumers description

Sunburns- Prevention

Here are some tips to protect yourself from the damaging effects of the sun: 
- Cover body with long sleeves and pants, broad-brimmed hats, and UV sunglasses. 
- Find shade especially between 10AM to 4PM when UVB rays are strongest-i.e. use an umbrella.  
- Apply sunscreen to exposed areas of the skin for 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours.  You will also need to reapply after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.  
- Stay away from tanning booths. 
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater.  

There are several factors that you need to consider when selecting the right kind of sunscreen. It is best to buy a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers protection against the two harmful rays: UVA and UVB.
Sunscreen with a SPF number on it tells us how effective that sunscreen is in blocking UVB rays. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 allows a person to stay in the sun 15 times longer with sunscreen on than if they were not wearing sunscreen.  Logically, it seems best to get a sunscreen with the highest SPF possible. However,  a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF of 45 blocks 98% of UVB rays. As the SPF increases from 30 to 45, there is only a small increase in skin protection from the sun. In addition, sunscreens with a higher SPF not only contain more toxic chemicals that can cause bad side effects, but they also cost more money. Therefore, it is sufficient to get a sunscreen with a SPF of around 15-45. Anything greater than that provides minimal protection. To protect your skin from UVA rays, you should look for sunscreen products that contain one of the following ingredients: Avobenzone, Menthyl Anthranilate, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, or Zinc Oxide. 


1. Crosby, Kimberly. APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: Chapter 39 Prevention of Sun-Induced Skin Disorders. 16th Edition, Washington DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2009. 
2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Sunburn. April 14, 2011. Available at: Last accessed September 9, 2011. 
3. Berman, Kevin. Sunburn. May 13, 2011. Available at: Last accessed September 9, 2011. 

email exclusives

Get the latest health news, special deals by email

Customer Service

About Us        Contact Us       My Account       Shipping

Returns        Privacy Policy       Site Map       Advertise With Us

Payment Options

Follow Us