Block the rays : Sunscreen Lotion
A typical sunscreen lotion, [Elovera -SPF – I’m referring about] is used by many people who wants to shade their skin from the sun rays. What you should know exactly about your sunscreen lotion determines how you use for your purpose responsibly.
A typical Composition for a 60 ml lotion sample:
Vitamin E Acetate : 0.5% w/w
Aloe extract : 10.0% w/w
Octyl methoxycinnamate: 7.5% w/w
Avobenzene : 3.0% w/w
Oxybenzone : 3.0% w/w
Cream base : qs
UVB and UVA Protection:UVA rays contribute to damage and premature aging of the skin. Ingredients of the lotion protect the skin from both UVA and UVB radiations, and prevent darkening, sunburn and premature ageing.
Regular use of the lotion may help to reduce the chance of acute and long term skin damage associated with exposure to UVA and UVB rays.
Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals generated by UV rays.
Aloe vera enhances sunscreen actoin in addition to moisturising effects making skin softer and smoother.
Specially, formulated non-greasy, non-comedogenic lotion which cannot be washed away with sweat.
Directions for use:
Before sun exposure apply evenly and liberally on all exposed areas. Reapply after 40 minutes in the water or after excessive sweating.
There is no recommended dosage for children under 6 months of age except under the advice and supervision of a physician.
Massage the lotion into the skin gently, until vanishes.
Discontinue the use, if skin irritation occurs.
Do not allow the lotion to enter in the eyes or the mouth.
Store at temperature below 25 degrees. Do not freeze.
Shake well before use.
Consult your doctor before use, if you think you might.
Sensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Note: Elovera-SPF sunscreen lotion is the product of Gracewell, A Division of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
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Some Frequently Asked Questions on Sun-Protection and Sunscreens
1. What are Sunscreens?
Sunscreens are defined as physical or chemical substances which protect our skin from harmful UV rays by absorbing or reflecting them.
2. What is meant by SPF?
This only applies to the UVB screening action of the sunscreen. For example when using a prodcut with a SPF 15, one can spend 15 times longer in the sun before becoming sunburnt The SPF does not apply to UVA sunscreens so even a procut with a SPF 25 but with no UVA screen will be less effective than a product with both SPF but with a UVA screen. Therefore, a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB block is a better skin protector than a product with a SPF 25 which does not have a UVA screen. Effectiveness of a sunscreen is based on its Sun Protection Factor ie SPF.
3. How long before sun exposure should a sunscreen be applied?
Sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow sufficient time for a protective film to develop. If the face is washed or excessive sweating washes off the agent, it should be reapplied.
4. What is meant by Water-Resistant and Waterproof Sunscreen?
Ideally ‘water-resistant’ sunscreen formulation maintains the SPF level after 40 minutes of water immersion. But even such sunscreen should be re-applied after prolonged swimming or vigorous activity.
Water-resistant: 40 minutes
Water-proof: 80 minutes
5. What is the approximate quantity top be applied of this SPF for adequate protection?
Ideal application thickness of sunscreen is 2 mg/sq cm of the skin.
6. What is meant when we say a broad-spectrum sunscreen?
Elovera-SPF provides both UVA and UVB protection through the entire range of UVA I and UVA II range. Hence called a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
In addition Aloe vera and vitamin E in Elovera-SPF have sun protective properties.
Note: Excerpts from Gracewell, A Division of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Elovera-SPF sunscreen lotion is the product of the above mentioned company.