Sun Block vs. Sunscreen

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Sunblock vs. Sunscreen

Sunblock is different than sunscreen. A sunblock is an object that physically blocks the sun's UVA and UVB (Broad Spectrum) radiation of the skin. Examples of various types of sunblocks are as follows:

  • Headwear : Use a wide brim hat with a minimum 3 inch brim that goes all the way around. A wide-brimmed hat provides approximately 50 percent protection from direct UV exposure.
  • Clothing : Use long sleeve shirts and long pants for maximum sun block protection. The less exposed skin, the more protection you receive. Tight knit fabrics work better that loose weave fabrics. One can easily tell the density of the weave by holding the fabric up to a light source to view how much light is passing through. Fabrics that let little or no light through are more effective at blocking the sun’s UV.
  • Sunglasses : Use sunglasses that block out 100% of the UV. Individuals that wear glasses can have an ultra violet sun block coating added to their prescription.
  • Trees : Trees can be an excellent source of shade. Dense trees screen out about 80 percent of the sun’s rays and provide a natural sunblock.
  • Shade Structures : Shade structures, such as porches, shade cloth and outdoor umbrellas, can provide year-round sun blocking protection. Choose structures that screen out at least 95 percent of the ultraviolet radiation or is labeled with a UPF of 15 or greater.
  • Portable Shade / Umbrellas : Umbrellas provide up to 50 percent protection from ultraviolet radiation.

Common Sense Tips on Sun Protection:

Use a sunblock and/or sunscreen every day–even on cool or cloudy days, 80 percent of the UV radiation can still penetrate through the clouds.

Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun to allow time for the chemicals to be absorbed into the skin. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen products that block out both UVA and UVB rays.

Use Very Water Resistant (80 Minute) sunscreen (waterproof) that can not be easily washed off through perspiring or swimming. Reapply sun block every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.