Sunscreen Info and Tips

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applysunscreen With the onset of summer, there are plenty of commercials for sunscreens. There are a wide range of options for the normal adult, for those into sports and other fast paced outdoor activities.

There are lotions for kids and better yet lip balms too. Lip balms are popular in winter as well as summer. They prevent the lips from getting chapped and sore and keep them moist and hydrated through the day.



Sunscreens need to be chosen with care. They often have certain unwanted side effects. Lip balms and tanning lotions especially are known to contain Para-aminobenzoic acid.

It is not known to cause any side effect. However, user allergies and over use of the product cause an allergic rash, dizziness and shortness of breath. They also cause irritation of the eyes, ears and nose.



In severe causes, it may lead to vomiting and nausea. It is recommended to seek medical help in case of acne like rash, blisters or burning sensation of the skin, following the use of a sunscreen.

There are certain tips when followed in the choice of sunscreen and its usage that will be beneficial to everyone. Check the components that make up the sunscreen.

For sensitive skin, it is best to select a chemical free preparation. Typically the chemicals used in a sunscreen are Oxybenzone and Ethylhexly. If you have sensitive skin, choose a preparation that does not have these components.



Instead opt for a product with titanium dioxide. It is important to remember to use a lip balm about 45 minutes before you head out to get the maximum benefit out of it.

There are sunscreen lotions and creams formulated for children. They come with fragrances that are enticing. Even lip balms for children come in several flavours. They can be applied to children over the age of 12 months.

For children younger than 12 months, it is best to protect them with large floppy hats. Sunscreen is not recommended since the skin is tender and using chemicals may lead to side effects.


A SPF factor of at least 15, preferably 30 should be used to get the maximum protection for older kids and adults. Also it is best to avoid alcohol based sunscreen lotions for children’s as it may chafe the skin. Coppertone is a good brand to choose from to meet the needs of young and old alike.



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