Summer is here. If you are travelling to or from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chances are you will encounter some sun. Perhaps even more so if you are travelling someplace even warmer and sunnier like if you are going on a cruise. Long term parking is a handy way to start out your trip, but to stay comfortable—and pain-free—during your trip, chances are you are going to need sunblock.
Below are some tips for preventing sunburns and absorbing UVA and UVB rays that cause cancer.
Protect your skin.
When it is overcast people forget they can still get a burn. If you are outside for a period of time, such as waiting for a shuttle at the airport to take you to your car at FLL Park Safe’s long term parking, use sunscreen, a hat and dress appropriately to avoid burns. Although dark colors are less comfortable in the heat, they do a better job of blocking UV rays than white clothes.
Use sunblock, not sunscreen.
Sunscreen absorbs UV radiation so that less sun reaches the skin. Sunblock is thicker than sunscreen and more effective because it blocks UVA and UVB. It often contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which is less irritating to the skin than many ingredients in sunscreen.
People are attracted to sprays because they are easy to apply, especially on kids who don’t want to stay still. There are two problems with sprays. They do not fully cover the skin, leading to burning. They also can be inhaled, which irritate the lungs.
Don’t bother with SPFs above 50+.
Even when applied correctly, studies have shown these products only provide a small amount of increased coverage. According to the Environmental Working Group’s articles on sunscreen, 100 SPF will only provide 1% more coverage than 50 SPF. To someone who burns easily, they might think that 1% is worth it. The problem is, people think if it is a higher number, they are safe from burns or don’t need to reapply it as often. Additionally, the ingredients in higher SPFs might provide mildly higher protect against sunburns, but that doesn’t mean they block cancer causing UVA rays. Additionally, the chemicals in higher SPFs can irritate the skin, cause allergic reactions and cause hormone disruption.
Stay away from retinyl palmitate.
Vitamin A or retinyl palmitate is popular for its anti-aging attributes. For that reason, it is added to 1 in 4 sunscreens, SPF rated makeups and moisturizers. However, studies have also shown that it speeds up the growth of skin cancer and tumors.
Check labels for oxybenzone.
This is a chemical that is absorbed by the skin, gets into the bloodstream and mimics estrogen in the body. Oxybenzone is in almost half of all sunscreens. It commonly triggers allergic reactions and causes other health problems.
Do your research.
If you are wanting to know how a sunscreen adds up and how safe it is use the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens.