• 26May
    Sun protection

    The number of skin cancer cases is going upward every year. The good news is there has been an explosion of sun protection products to prevent the disease.  As the number of people who are becoming aware of the need for sun protection is increasing, sunscreen lotions and creams are taking the lion’s share of sun protection products in the market.

    Hundreds of sunscreen brands are claiming to be the best sunscreens in the business making it confusing for many customers. The question as to which sunscreen is best for you can be answered by understanding what sunscreens are for, what they are made of, and how you should use them.

    Sunscreen is a chemical used to prevent ultraviolet radiation from hurting the skin. UVA and UVB are two types of ultraviolet radiation that can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. UVA penetrates more into the skin compared to the latter and is known to be the main cause of skin wrinkling, sagging, and skin cancer itself. UVB on the other hand causes sunburn. Though sunscreens may not totally get rid of any UV damage to the skin, it can protect the skin when used properly.

    UVA protection can be measured on a ranking of 1-4, low to high. When you see “broad spectrum” in a sunscreens label, it means that it contains chemicals like Zinc Oxide, Parsol, and Mexoryl that prevents radiation from penetrating the skin. Some sunscreens also have a chemical called Helioplex which can make other chemicals last longer in the skin.

    You may also want to look at SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. SPF is used to measure the ability of a sunscreen to prevent UV Radiation from damaging the skin. To make it easier to understand, the more SPF’s the better. Some sunscreens come with an SPF 15 which blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays. The best sunscreens have higher SPF’s that can block 93-99% of UV Radiation. It remains a fact however, that no sunscreen can really protect you a hundred percent from UV rays.

    Sunscreens come in many forms including creams, gels, sprays, moisturizers, and more. The choice depends on what you think will feel good on your skin and which is easier to apply. If you are planning on swimming or doing activities that will make you sweat a lot, look for water resistant sunscreens.

    Sunscreens can be weighed by their ability to protect against UVA and UVB Radiation. As a general rule, always look for “broad spectrum”, “water resistant”, and “SPF”. Aside from those three, you also need to know that no sunscreen is expected to stay in effect for longer than two hours, meaning you need to reapply before the time is up.

    Sometimes the effectiveness of even the best sunscreens in the market depends on how you use them, where you use them, and how long you stay under the sun. If you carefully consider these things, then choosing the best sunscreen for sun protection is an easy task.

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  • 26May

    SHTBOTTLE Will Ferrell is an internationally known actor and comedian. His outrageous behavior has resulted in millions of smiles and laughs around the world. It also resulted in a celebrity status that can be leveraged for good.

    Since his college days, Will Ferrell has been a strong supporter of the nonprofit organization Cancer for College. Cancer for College provides college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

    What is Will Ferrell’s latest method of support? Sunscreen!

    Will Ferrell Sunscreen

    Cancer for College just launched a new line of sunscreens featuring Will Ferrell. All proceeds from the sunscreen sales go to benefit Cancer for College’s Willpowered Scholarship Fund in granting college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

    This line of SPF30 sunscreens will put a smile on your face. In Will Ferrell fashion, they sport an outrageous name and label. You can choose from:

    • Sexy Hot Tan
    • Sunstroke
    • Forbidden Fruit

    Go to http://www.cancerforcollege.org/Purchase.html to learn more about the products and to buy your fun sun protection this summer.

    About Cancer for College

    Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by two-time cancer survivor and double-amputee Craig Pollard. Cancer for College was created to provide hope and inspiration by providing college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. Since its inception, Cancer for College has granted nearly $500k in scholarships to more than 400 cancer survivors.

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  • 25May

    Which ingredient is more effective in a sunscreen: Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, or Zinc Oxide? I know sunscreens don't contain all of them, just one. So which one is more effective for overall sun protection against UVA/UVB rays? Also, plz recommend a good oil free sunscreen that contains these ingredients. In addition, is it better to get a sunscreen with a higher SPF? Or will the high SPF be too heavy on the face?

    read this article on what sunscreen works best and how they work –


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  • 25May

    We use Banana Boat Baby.It is Tear Free,the SPF is 50,it is UVA&UVB sunblock,No tearing,No stinging and waterproof.

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  • 25May

    I have a sleeve tattoo and I read the sun isn't good for tattoos so I was wondering what the best sunscreen is to apply to my tattoo if I wanted to wear short sleeve shirts?

    It really does not matter what brand but I always suggest bull frog and with the highest SPF you can find. The more you can block the better it looks. Believe it or not people that are in the sun regularly and apply sun block to there tattoo work there work seems to look better. This is because the rest of there skin is darker than the area of the tattoo and this makes the tattoo appear to even brighter. A good idea is to apply the sun block and with a damp cloth wipe away all the sun block from around the edges of your tattoo so you may tan all the way to the edge of your work. End results are great.

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