An “over the counter” or OTC pharmaceutical product designed to protect users against excessive sun exposure. Sunscreens in America are regulated by the FDA which first introduced the SPF or Sun Protection Factor rating system for sunscreens in the early 1970s. The FDA also specifies a list of acceptable active ingredients in sunscreen – there are currently 16 ingredients on this list. Most active ingredients are chemical absorbers such as ocytl methoxycinnamate (OMC), homosalate or octocrylene which absorb UVB or oxybenzone or avobenzone which absorb UVA. Other active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which are physical barriers to UV and so are called blockers or reflectors or diffusers.
A substance that helps to absorb, reflect, or scatter most of the sun's harmful rays. Recommended sunscreens offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and have an SPF of at least 15. Using lotions or creams that contain sunscreens can help protect the skin from premature skin aging and damage that may lead to cancer.
A cream or lotion that is SPF rated. It reacts with the skin to create an invisible barrier against the sun. The strength of the barrier is determined by the SPF number. The lower the number the less protection. Using a sunscreen will not prevent you from tanning but it will lower your risk of getting burned. Sunscreens chemically absorb UV rays while sunblocks physically deflect them.
a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn
a chemical that absorbs UV radiation by trapping the ultraviolet energy and preventing that energy from damaging the skin
a product that you apply to the skin for some protection against the sun's ultraviolet rays, although it does not provide total protection
a substance that blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun
See through screen filter to block sun rays.
An active ingredient that helps prevent sun damage by absorbing harmful UV radiation.
a product that protects the skin again sunburns by blocking the penetration of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.
is a cream that protects your skin from sun damage. The SPF- factor tells the strength of sun protection in the cream. An SBF- factor of 15 means that a person might stay in the sun 15 times longer without getting burned. A person should always use a sunscreen with an SBF-factor of 15 or above. The best sun protection is to stay out of the sun or to wear protective clothing such as a hat or long-sleeve T-shirt.
A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions that contain sunscreens can reduce the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.
used to protect skin from sun radiation damage
A substance that helps protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays. Sunscreens reflect, absorb, and/or scatter both UVA and UVB radiation. Using lotions, creams, or gels that contain sunscreens can help protect the skin from premature skin aging and damage that may lead to skin cancer.
a cream that absorbs ultraviolet radiation
An â€œover the counterâ€ pharmaceutical product designed to help protect consumers from exposure to the sunâ€™s ultraviolet radiation.
A substance that helps to block the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions or creams that contain sunscreens can help protect the skin from premature skin aging and damage that may lead to skin cancer.
A lotion or oil that helps protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation, premature aging, and skin cancer
A preparation that blocks the harful burning rays of the sun.
a product that protects the skin against sunburn by blocking the penetration of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions or creams that contain sunscreens can protect the skin from damage that may lead to cancer. See also SPF.
Products with ingredients that absorb UVA and UVB rays. Find one labeled "broad spectrum" for maximum protection.
Sunscreen (also known as sunblock, suntan lotion) is a lotion, spray or other topical product that helps protect the skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and which reduces sunburn and other skin damage, ultimately leading to a lower risk of skin cancer. However, suntan lotion is an incorrect term for sunscreen as it is something entirely different. Suntan lotion is used to attract UV rays in order to better tan where sunblock is used to deflect UV radiation.