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Difference Between Sunblock and Sunscreen

Sunblock vs Sunscreen

Sunblock vs Sunscreen

Difference Between Sunblock and Sunscreen

Did you ever wonder what the difference was between sunblock and sunscreen? Or is there really any difference at all when you are suntanning? A tan is a tan isn’t it? Wrong! When it comes to sun tanning it is extremely important to know your products. Here is the major difference on what to apply when you go into the sun for some serious sunbathing. Or even when you go outdoors in sunlight for some fun in the sun.

Sunblock or Sunscreen what is the major difference?

Sunscreen absorbs the sun’s UV rays ( ultraviolet rays) It is soaked into your skin and actually absorbed before any damage is done to your skin. Sunscreen is often transparent. Sunblock however stays on top of your skin and blocks the sun’s UV rays (ultraviolet rays) before reaching your skin.

Best ways to use Sunblock or Sunscreen

Other useful information for you to remember on these products is sunscreen cannot be applied over your old sunscreen (it won’t work) You should always start with the SPF (sun protection factor) you are needing for the time of the exposure you need. But sunblock can be reapplied repeated over the old sunblock! ( i reapply mine approximately every 2-3 hours) Many manufacturers use these names interchangeably so read the labels carefully.

Here another bit of information useful to suntanning buffs. Are you familiar with the terms UVA and UVB? Do you know the difference in these abbreviations? You know they refer to suntanning and ultraviolet rays but not sure exactly what they mean. You will be amazed how simple it is to understand. And how easy it is not to forget.

UVA the A stands for aging!

UVB the B stands for burning!

The majority of sunscreens protect just against the UVB rays.But there are a few who are categorized as a broad spectrum sunscreen and these will give you protection from both UVA rays and UVB rays. They contain the sunscreen ingredients Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Ecamsule.

Sunbathing and Tanning Health Risks

Just as important to remember is that while you are taking every precaution while you are sunbathing, you are still at risk for skin damage, cancer, melanoma, and premature aging. It is recommended that if you do sunbathe, suntan or bask in the sun at any time you should wear something above SPF/UPF 15(Sun Protective Factor/ Ultraviolet Protection Faction). The rating should be determined on the length of time you will be in the sunlight or direct sun.

So if you do need to be in the sun just be sure to take as many necessary precautions as possible. Remember the differences between sunblocks or sunscreens and that sunglasses and shades and even sun protective clothing are also necessary to protect against the ultraviolet rays that can also damage your eyes. And the hat!!! Don’t forget the hat! For those of you who color your hair, you know what i mean. For those of you who are lucky enough not to color your hair, i hope you never need to find out!