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Sunscreens for Adults and Children

We all think of sunscreen on a hot and shiny day, but what about on a cloudy day, or when it's overcast? What about different surfaces such as water, snow and even cement? Even altitude increases the sun's ray potency. The next time you are sitting in your car and you think the windows are protecting you, think again! UVB may not get thru but UVA can. These are just a few environmental things to think about when it comes to using a sunblock. When deciding to tan, always follow up with a relief gel and lotion!

How do UVA and UVB Rays Effect Us

On UVA rays penetrate deeply into dermis, or inner layers of the skin, where there are no biological defenses, and cause the breakdown of blood vessels, resulting in premature aging of the skin. UVA rays are present in both cloudy or clear weather conditions. UVB rays are short to mid-wavelength rays that deliver all energy to the outer layer of skin, or the epidermis. UVB rays produce both sunburns and tans, stimulating melanin production for natural protection and healthy tans. Chemical sunscreens generally do not protect against UVA rays since they do not penetrate deeply into the skin to protect the dermis from the deep-penetrating UVA rays. Consequently, natural sunscreens provide a healthier alternative to skin protection because of its natural properties. Australia has come up with an easy to remember phrase: SLIP, SLAP, SLOP. SLIP on a T Shirt, SLAP on a hat and SLOP on some sunscreen. Make sure your sunscreen is UVA/UVB protectant; apply it 20 minutes before going out; apply it every 2 hours even if using waterproof, more often if not. Even if you are sweating, apply it every 2 hours. 85 percent of our exposure comes during a cloudy day, so don't let the clouds cloud your mind. An spf15 or above is best. To determine your protection, know the time it takes for you to burn and then multiply 15 (spf15) to that number. Usually thats about 150 minutes of protection. But remember that no sunscreen is 100 percent effective. Get out of the sun. Using sunscreen doesn't give you a license to abuse the sun! Wearing protective clothing and going indoors during peak hours (10am to 4pm) will reduce your levels of these harmful rays and contrary to belief, will encourage a healthy immune system. And if your visiting a tanning salon, take note to a study reported in the international edition of the Miami Herald - that women who visited tanning salons once a month or more "increased their chance of developing melanoma by 55 percent." And DON"T FORGET YOUR EYES. Wear sunglasses! An increased amount of eye damages have occurred in recent years.

Did you know ...

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "most people receive about 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood is estimated to double the risk of melanoma later in life." Skin cancer can take up to 20 years to develop. Harmful UV rays are more intense in the summer, at higher altitudes and closer to the equator. Then there is the amount of cloud cover, and the condition of the ozone layer. For example, Florida received 150 percent more UV rays than Maine. The sun's harmful effects are also increased by wind and reflections from water and sand. Even on cloudy days, UV radiation reaches the earth and can cause skin damage.......One million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S. (1 out of every 6 to 7 people gets some form of it); 7,500 of those case are fatal according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The Merek Manual states that this is the most common type of cancer in the world today (skin cancer). According to Dr. I. William Lane in the book "The Skin Cancer Answer," it is estimated that 50 percent of people who reach sixty five will develop a form of it. Darker skinned people have a lower incident of skin cancer, but they are too at risk. But even with all these scenarios of how and why, the main culprit may be just to much exposure to the sun. Our lifestyles have changed; activities and even fashion have played a role. Society has gone from swimsuits that covered to hardly covering at all. And then there is the controversy of chemical sun blockers and synthetic preservatives.

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Healthier, safer sunscreen products are what you will find here under our sun protection category. Natural Solutions provides an extensive selection however, of all natural, non toxic sunscreens you can review. Shop with Natural Solutions, online at www.bewellstaywell.com your all natural product headquarters.

Samples are approximately 1/4oz packaged in a recyclable jar. These are not produced by the manufacturer, but only through Natural Solutions. The size and price were determined by the largest size container the manufacturer has available and evenly proportioned. Please read our policies under Customer Service Desk as not all items are returnable. Every person's skin is unique, and as with all cosmetics we recommend that a person apply a small amount of the product to the inner wrist for 1-2 days before applying elsewhere to ensure comfort and compatibility. We encourage everyone to read the ingredient labels carefully to avoid allergens.