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Sunscreen | Sun Cream | Best Sunscreen


Sunscreen or sun cream. This video is on the best sunscreen, natural sunscreen, sunblock, sun protection, spf, uva and uvb.


Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.


A few months ago we released a responding to comments video on how to treat sunburn. The video has done really well and we've had over a thousand messages and comments. With the main one being, "Abraham what sunscreen do you recommend?". So in this video I'm going to teach you how to protect yourself from the sun and how to pick the best sunscreen from any pharmacy, lets just say you’re going to become a sunscreen pro.



WHAT IS SUNBURN:

Sunburn is skin damage and your body’s response to try to repair it – it’s a short-term warning for potential long-term DNA damage, and is a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged by too much UV radiation. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.


Sunburn doesn’t have to be raw, peeling or blistering. If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it’s sunburnt. For people with darker skin, it may just feel irritated, tender or itchy.



SUN SAFETY TIPS:

Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.


Make sure you:


• Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm

• Make sure you never burn

• Cover up with suitable clothing, wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears, long sleeved top, trousers or long skirts in close-weave fabrics that do not allow sunlight through.

• Sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with the CE Mark and British Standard Mark 12312-1:2013 E

• Use a lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to help protect your lips.

• Take extra care with children

• Use at least factor 30 sunscreen



WHAT SUNSCREEN TO GET:

Do not rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun's at its hottest.


When buying sunscreen, the label should have:


• A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB

• At least 4-star UVA protection

• UVA protection can also be indicated by the letters "UVA" in a circle, which indicates that it meets the EU standard.


Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years.


Do not spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.



HOW TO APPLY SUNSCREEN:

Most people do not apply enough sunscreen.


As a guide, adults should aim to apply around:


2 teaspoons of sunscreen if you're just covering your head, arms and neck

2 tablespoons if you're covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume

If sunscreen is applied too thinly, the amount of protection it gives is reduced.


If you're worried you might not be applying enough SPF30, you could use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.


If you plan to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice:


• 30 minutes before going out

• Just before going out


Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears, and head if you have thinning or no hair, but a wide-brimmed hat is better.


Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently, and according to the manufacturer's instructions.


This includes applying it straight after you have been in water, even if it's "water resistant", and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.


It's also recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, as the sun can dry it off your skin.


For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/?tabname=self-help-tips




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I'm a prescribing media pharmacist who loves science, making videos and helping people. I work in both GP surgeries and community pharmacy.



Disclaimer:

This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


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