sun protection

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    Sep 03, 2013 8:30 AM GMT
    Should i use sun screen or sunblock?whats the difference?
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    Sep 03, 2013 11:26 AM GMT
    Same thing. Different name.
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    Sep 03, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    Sort of the same However something like Zinc oxide is a true " block" as in no rays get past it. Sunscreen( chemicals) filter out most of the rays.

    here's a website that says more.

    http://www.melanomafoundation.org/prevention/facts.htm
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 03, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    They revised the rating system a couple of years ago and there were a rash of articles on it. Seems the consensus of opinion in the medical field is anything over about an SPF 50 does very little more to block the bad rays but to get the SPF over 50 they add a bunch of chemicals that can actually be more harmful than good. Stay at 50 or lower.
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    Sep 03, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    It's just a marketing term.

    What you want is to make sure that you're using a product with at least SPF 15 (SPF 30 is probably even better) and that provides broad spectrum protection so you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to use plenty of it as well.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 03, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Dermatologist say you should wear a min spf of 30 the is full spectrum protecting against UVB/UVA rays. Neutrogena is a really good one.

    I wear 15 one on my face 365 days of the year. I still tan even with that. I love the beach and indoor and outdoor volleyball.
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 03, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    I found that this link provided some very helpful information:
    http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/high-spf-sunscreens-are-they-better
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    Sep 04, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I prefer the zinc oxide based sunblocks. Irritates my skin less. And it does a better job at blocking the sun. Only drawback is that it doesn't easily apply/absorb into your skin. So you kinda have this white ghostly appearance. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 04, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    Sun Block and Sun Screen are NOT the same thing.

    I have fair skin and a dermatologist explained the difference.

    A true sun "block" will block all of the UVA and UVB rays and provides total protection from the sun. There are only a few true "sun blocks."

    Sun Screen just reduces your exposure and still allows your skin to get tan (or burnt). Some screens don't protect equally against UVA and UVB, so you need to read the label.

    Anything over SPF 30 is a fallacy. You should reapply sun screen often, about once every hour or so.

    There is a difference, so educate yourself and save your skin.
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    Sep 04, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    Zinc oxide which is the white looking stuff is the best like those stated above. Look at the ingredients. It must have Zinc... I would avoid ones which chemicals you don't know of. I went to a 3 day pool party recently. The sunblock with zinc worked perfectly. Didn't come away red. Just an even tan.
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    Sep 04, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    It's getting harder to find zinc oxide based sunblocks. It seems you can only get it in the sunblocks marketed towards children. All the sport/active brands use a chemical based formula.
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    Sep 08, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    I use coconut oil, very goodnatural sunblock.
  • Manarii2281

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    Sep 08, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    FuturePastPresent saidI use coconut oil, very goodnatural sunblock.


    me too, although I never knew it to be a natural sunblock, it is a natural tanner to be sure lol., I mostly use the Monoi Rouge coconut oil from Tahiti. It has iodine in it. SPF #2.

    But i always get confused if sun protection = no tan? OP, if you want protection and a tan, they sell sommething online called Maui Beach Babe, and it has coffee in it to promote tanning and a high spf.
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    Sep 08, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    The best sunblock is non-nano zinc oxide. Its the only safe, natural sunscreen it's only downsides are that its thick, pasty, and stays white on you as it's a physical block not meant to be absorbed. However, there is a brand called "Burnout" that makes a clear zinc oxide sunscreen that has just as much protection without the pasty look:

    http://burnoutsun.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2
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    Sep 28, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    I've always found it funny that sunscreen says it's "waterproof" on the bottle, yet the directions on the same bottle says to reapply after swimming! icon_lol.gif