Be Sun Protected With the Use of Sunscreens

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As per a new Australian study, kids use a pump dispenser to apply sunscreen, but even then they applied less of what is actually required for full sun-protection. This quantity is not sufficient to protect your kid from the sunburn. It also exposes your kid to skin melanoma and additional sun damage, says Abbey Diaz, who is a leading author and an investigator at Queensland University of Technology. The study which she conducted proved that kids generally apply more sunscreen while they apply it from squeezed tubes rather than from the roll-on dispensers.

As per skincancer.org, Both UVA and UVB, however, penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers. They also suppress the immune system, reducing your ability to fight off these and other maladies.

Diaz along with her colleagues conducted a study on 87 school going children and asked them to apply on SPF 30 sunscreen regularly for about three weeks. The results showed that kids with pump dispensers spread most of the sun-block which was about 0.75 mg/cm while the kids who were using squeeze-bottle spread 0.57 mg and the kids using roll-on applied 0.22mg only. This proved that every week the kids demanded a new dispenser, either a roll on, tube or squeezer. It was noticed that on average the kids applied 0.48mg/cm2 where as the standard level required protecting an individual from sun burn is 2.0mg/cm2.

This also proves that a thinner coat of sunscreen diminishes its effectiveness thus making the skin expose to skin cancer. A study shows that the country with highest rate of skin cancer is Australia. In present scenario, the studies put forward that the individuals do not apply the right amount of sun screen. In fact the individuals should apply a glob of sunscreen which is the similar to the size of a golf ball and apply it all over the body. They suggest that one should apply a teaspoon for back, every limb and torso while a half teaspoon for the neck and face. Studies show that since the kids apply less sunscreen if they apply from roll on dispensers, it would be perfect if they were encouraged to use squeezed tubes while spreading the initial layer. Parents should also focus on other means like hats and clothing, to protect the kids from sun burn.

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