Why Do You Need Sun Blocking Clothing for 2023?
You need to use sun blocking clothing to protect your skin from the sun.
Are you one of those who want to depend on sunscreen for their skin protection from the sun? After all, since Coppertone’s development of the beautiful tan, we all want one. It is all in that plastic bottle of Coppertone, isn’t it?
Of course, we do know that sometimes manufacturers will work at selling us an idea or outcome without taking full responsibility for the problems those results bring. They show you pictures of great-looking burgers with frys! Maybe a triple-dip ice cream cone. Are they concerned about the calories or diabetes? This is similar to what sunscreen is doing.
After all. is it the manufacturer’s fault that users don’t always remember to be safe when using their products?
Did you read the directions? And did you reapply often and thoroughly? Are you sure that it is the right SPF value for your skin? What is your skin cancer risk?
SPF measures the sun’s rays. Unless it specifies that it is a broad-spectrum product, those early aging rays could be wreaking havoc on your skin. Making you look old far sooner than you should. Often sunscreen may keep you from getting a sunburn, but not stop the UVA rays that are the ones causing early aging, as well as adding to your skin cancer risk.
Are You Saying I Am Using The Wrong Product?
No, you may be using the right product, and still not getting all the sun protection you need. You may need to rethink your desire for a tan. Do you really want to look old long before you should?
Is getting a tan worth the risk of skin cancer, maybe even melanoma? A study done in Europe found that people had the attitude that they were bullet-proof when using a higher SPF-rated sunscreen. People thought they would be able to stay out in the sun much longer when the number of SPF on their sunscreen was higher.
Unfortunately, there are so many manufacturers who won’t spend the time doing the due diligence testing required. They are sending the products on to consumers not really knowing how they will behave on the skin. Not all manufacturers do their own batch mixing, just add their company’s “special ingredients” and off the product goes to the bottling process.
In the bottling process, there are challenges in keeping the product stable and usable by the time the consumer receives the finished product. There is a need for preservatives to improve shelf life. This leaves too many steps where quality control is needed. Too many places for the process to fail standard testing.
These are just a few reasons that covering your skin is the preferred way to keep your skin cancer risk low. Use safe sun exposure rules and tan slower. After 20 minutes in the sun, put on a shirt. Maybe, if you want a bit more tan that day, wait till later in the afternoon, after 4 PM, and get back out 20 more minutes.
Will Sunscreen Keep Me From Tanning?
Do you have the patience to tan slow?
Is this a safe way to tan? No, it isn’t. There is no safe tan. Tanned skin is damaged skin. However, used as directed it should keep you from sunburn.
Young children should have a very short time in the sun without a shirt covering the trunk of their bodies, sun hats, and sunglasses. They need protection from the deadly ultraviolet sun rays. Even with a shirt, the time out should happen at safer sun times of the day.
What Does The FDA Say?
The FDA has taken the position that most countries’ rating standards are not effective in getting a good stable product to the user that can always do the job it was supposed to do.
Users have to take some of the blame for the fact that they risk sunburn because they stay out in the sun too long, thinking the higher SPF is a magic shield. Don’t be fooled my reader, there is no magic shield.
Take responsibility and keep yourself safer from sunburn and higher skin cancer risks by covering your skin, and using safe sun time limits for sun exposure. Don’t forget to add a layer of sunscreen to all skin not covered in sun blocking clothing.
The feeling of being safe when out in the sun all day is a false safety feeling. A better way is to avoid the stronger sunray time of day between 10 M and 4 PM. Give your body a chance to avoid skin cancer caused by too much sun.
Yes, You Need Sun Blocking Clothing For 2023
With the changing weather patterns we are having, and the changing climate, we are becoming aware of the true dangers of too much sun.
Finding a way to have both good sun blocking clothing coverage as well as developing healthy sun habits and using sunscreen is the correct approach.
Any one way of staying safe in the sun has weak spots. A combination of choosing safe times to be out in the sun, clothing that protects your skin, and sunscreen applied correctly and often to areas not covered is the safer approach.
We can’t allow ourselves to let the sun destroy our skin. The ability to reach maturity and have skin that will continue to protect us and keep us safe is important. Our grandparents protected their skin when outdoors from the sun.
We have evolved into a generation who think we should be able to expose our skin to the sun for long periods of time and still have healthy skin.
This is a self-destructive behavior mode.
Sami’s Take On 7 Risks Kids Face from the Sun “Just Because They Are Kids.”
There is one more risk, that parents need to keep in mind that can make their kids at higher risk for sun damage. Medication
Check the labels of the medications your kids need. Make sure they are not on the list to raise your kid’s risks.
List of drugs for young kids’ parents:
- Antihistamines: These are medicines that help with allergies and allergic reactions.
- Coal Tar and Derivatives: These are medicines that treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Contraceptives, Oral, and Estrogens: Medicines used to prevent pregnancy and treat certain medical conditions.
- Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: These are medicines used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, but should only be given under the supervision of a doctor.
- Phenothiazines: These are medicines used to treat mental health conditions such as schizophrenia.
- Psoralens: These are medicines used to treat skin conditions such as vitiligo.
- Sulfonamides: These are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections.
- Sulfonylureas: These are medicines used to treat diabetes.
- Thiazide Diuretics: These are medicines used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
- Tetracyclines: These are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections.
- Tricyclic Antidepressants: These are medicines used to treat depression, but should only be given under the supervision of a doctor.
It’s important to always consult with a healthcare professional before giving any medication to your child, as they can advise you on the proper dosage and potential side effects.
The FDA tells us how difficult it is to regulate the sunscreen products it is expected to control. The formulas are hard to control. Even harder to test and regulate on a reasonable basis. It is difficult to keep the protection at the level the labeling may indicate.
Most of us are aware of the dangers of the sun for others. We have the message that others should be more careful about how much they are exposing their skin. However, do you consider what is good for your skin?
We are living in a time of reduced protective ozone layer. More extreme weather all around. Often we forget to take care and see that our own skin is protected.
Even if you have not taken care of your skin in the past, it is not too late. Being out a lot when you are younger does put you at risk. However, it is never too late to get into your skin protection mode. Enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible way.
Take breaks from the direct sun and get in the shade or in the house. Cool down, let your body cool down.
Your skin is made for a lifetime of use and protection. Don’t neglect a skin protection program to keep your skin healthy.
EWG Guide to Sunscreen
FDA Statement Concerning Sunscreen Advising Us To Not Rely on Sunscreen alone