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Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

SPF: In moisturizer is helpful but it is not the same as applying sunscreen. Consider a higher spf. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more


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How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

Sunblock is a must!: Protect with spf 15+ & be sensible about how much sun you're getting. Avoid tanning booths & unnecessary uv light. Hats, sunglasses, spf make-up & sportswear are also important to consider. Avoid sunscreens with potential carcinogens. The physical blocks (zinc and titanium) are great. Be vigilant about protecting your skin from future cancers & premature aging. It's better to prevent than correct! ...Read more

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Can tanning lotion prevents sunburn?

Can tanning lotion prevents sunburn?

Tanning lotion: Tanning lotion will not protect against sunburn or sun damage. You need a broad spectrum uva uvb blocking sunscreen with spf rated 30 or higher. Neutropenia has great products. ...Read more

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Which cream has best sun protection?

Which cream has best sun protection?

Reflective blocks: The main categories of sun protectors are blocks that absorb radiation and those that reflect them. In general, the reflective blocks with micronized zinc and titanium will be more effective.. Do not forget to use moisture creams and drink water. www.artofplasticsurgery.com. ...Read more

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How does sunscreen prevent sunburns?

How does sunscreen prevent sunburns?

Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of spf 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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Aloe sunburn spray good on blistered skin?

Aloe sunburn spray good on blistered skin?

Great Idea: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is in a shaded stroller. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/basics/prevention/con-20031065 ...Read more

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Does darker skin serve as protection against skin cancer?

Does darker skin serve as protection against skin cancer?

Yes: Since most skin cancers arise due to damaged to the skin cell DNA as a result of cumulative sun exposure, darker skin pigment serves to protect the skin from the Sun's damaging UV radiation. Darker skin people can and do get skin cancers, but they are generally less common. Sun exposure is only one factor that contributes to skin cancer. Also chemical exposures, genetics, etc... ...Read more

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Do the probable bad effects of sun protection creams remain permanently on skin? please introduce some brands of sun protection creams for blonde skin

Do the probable bad effects of sun protection creams remain permanently on skin? please introduce some brands of sun protection creams for blonde skin

No sun cream worse: If you cannot avoid sun between 10:00 am and 4:00pm, always use sun protection. They do not cause problems to your skin. For fair skin like you, use higher protection factors like 50. If you have oily skin look for brands that have a less oily base. If you have sensitive skin, uses brands used for children, they usually are very gentle. In the US, neutrogena is a good brand . ...Read more

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Is SPF 30 enough sun protection for the whole day?

Is SPF 30 enough sun protection for the whole day?

Sunscreen SPF 30: This is a decent amount of protection, but you have to do the math. If you normally get pink, red, or burned in 15 minutes; then spf 30 will delay that from happening in 15 x 30 minutes or 7.5 hours. It depends on your skin type: if it takes you 30 minutes to get red, then you get 15 hours out of your sunscreen. Remember, though, that you have to keep re-applying it every 2 hours thru the day! ...Read more

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How to protect our skin from sun light ?

How to protect our skin from sun light ?

Avoid the sun: The best protection is to stay inside or in shade. If you have to be in the sun, use a broad brimmed hat and covering clothing. For bare skin areas add sunblock with a rating or 30 or more. You are wise to consider this as sunlight can lead to long term skin lesions including cancers as well as leathery thickening of the skin. ...Read more

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How to protect skin darkening from sun?

How to protect skin darkening from sun?

Skin darkening/ sun: To protect your skin from darkening during sun exposure you will need to apply generous amounts of sunscreen and re-apply every 2 hours. Limit sun exposure during high sun (10am-4pm). For detailed safe sun practices: http://www.Melanomaresource.Org/index.Php/site/content/sun_safe_practices/. ...Read more

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Is a higher SPF really better for sun protection?

Is a higher SPF really better for sun protection?

Yes: Wearing protective clothing is much more effective than spf. Also, frequent reapplication of sunscreen is very helpful. None of the 'waterproof" sunscreens are really waterproof, and will rinse off while in pools or the ocean. ...Read more

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It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

No: The current recommendation to avoid sun burn and exposure to UV-A and B rays which may lead to skin cancers is a physical block with a cream that contains either or both zinc or titanium. ...Read more

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Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Sanitize: Yes-- it can, depending on the coating type-- a better choice is a microfiber cloth. ...Read more

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Does having a tan help protect me against sunburn?

Does having a tan help protect me against sunburn?

Wear Sunscreen: A suntan or sunbed tan usually provides a maximum spf (sun protection factor) of 4, which means you would take four times longer to burn than if you had no tan. If you would normally burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, with a tan you would burn in one hour, or 4 times 15 minutes. However, to even get a tan you need to damage your skin: a tan is the body's response to damaged dna in the skin. ...Read more