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Sun Rays - A Major Health Hazard Today


Bright animated graphics show the damaging effects of UV exposure on the skin cell. Also covers other risk factors such as skin cancer in family members. Sun safety tips and step-by-step instructions for skin self-examination are provided. Ideal for classrooms, libraries, physicians' waiting rooms, and health fairs.

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Guard Against The Sun With This Sun Safety Tips


This resources are provided as a convenience to you.

SPF, Sun Protection Factor, is a numbering system that helps you select the suncare that is right for you. Everyone's skin burns as a result of UVB rays after a certain length of time in the sun. Using a suncare product lengthens the time you can spend in the sun, depending on SPF level you use.
Caribbean Breeze suncare is available in SPF 0 through 50.

Skin Complexion Sun's Impact on the Skin Suggested SPF to Help Avoid Sunburn
Very Fair Always burns easily; never tans
Fair Always burns easily; tans minimally
Light Burns moderately; tans eventually
Medium Burns minimally; always tans well
Dark Rarely burns; tans readily
Very Dark Never burns; becomes deeply pigmented



There are other natural factors that can increase the impact of UVB rays and consequently the need for greater protection.

  1. If you are on the sand / and or water.
  2. If you are high above sea level.
  3. The closer you are to the Equator.
  4. If you are outside from 10 am - 4 pm , when the sun is at its strongest.
  5. If you are taking certain medications, check with your physician.


Apply liberally to cool, dry skin at least 10 minutes before going outdoors. An average application for one person is a shot glass full or one ounce. Cover all exposed areas including ears, nose, hands and feet. Protect your lips with a lip balm that contains sunscreen. Reapply after toweling off, prolonged swimming or excessive perspiration.


SPF and UV Explained

SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

Measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening from UVB, compared to how long the skin takes to redden without protection. If it takes 20 minutes without protection to begin reddening, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer - about 5 hours. (Actually, it may take up to 24 hours after sun exposure for redness to become visible.) To maintain the SPF, reapply sunscreen every two hours and right after swimming.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends SPFs of at least 15, which block 93 percent of UVB. While SPFs higher than 30 block only 4 percent more UVB, they may be advisable for sun-sensitive individuals, skin cancer patients, and people at high risk of developing skin cancer. They also allow some margin for error if too little sunscreen is applied.

While SPF is the universal measurement of UVB protection, no comparable standard exists for UVA. Scientists worldwide are working to develop a standardized testing and certification method to measure UVA protection.

Broad-spectrum protection: The phrase indicates that a product shields against UVA as well as UVB. It does not guarantee protection against all UVA wavelengths, however. Most broad-spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks with an SPF of 15 or higher do a good job against UVB and short UVA rays; if they also contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide, they should be effective against the entire UVA spectrum.

Even with the ideal sunscreen, some UV rays can get through to your skin and cause damage. The Skin Cancer Foundation considers sunscreen one part of a comprehensive sun protection program, along with sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, shade, and sun avoidance from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

UVB (Ultraviolet-B)

Short-wave solar rays of 290-320 nanometers. More potent than UVA in producing sunburn, these rays are considered the main cause of basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as a significant cause of melanoma.

UVA (Ultraviolet -A)

Long-wave solar rays of 320-400 nanometers (Billionths of a meter). Although less likely than UVB to cause sunburn, UVA penetrates the skin mare deeply, and is considered the chief culprit behind wrinkling, leathering, and other aspects of "photoaging." The latest studies show that UVA not only exacerbates UVB's carcinogenic effects, but may directly induce some skin cancers, including melanomas.




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