During the summer months, taking care of sun exposure is essential to avoid burns and prevent skin cancer. The general recommendation is to apply 2 mg of sunscreen every 2 cm of skin and repeat it every two hours, but also after intense sweating or getting out of the sea or pool. With frequent use, the consumption of protectors for those who go on vacation is high, as well as the budget allocated to taking care of the sun.
According Natalia Achitte, technical dermatocosmiatrics and body beautician, professional trainer of Lidherma, the ideal is for a person to apply about 20 grams of sunscreen every 2 hours, which is the average duration time. “If used correctly, with the right replacement time, it is estimated that a person can use 300 grams of sunscreen in 15 days of vacation. Obviously, this is a standard measurement that can vary depending on the exposure time and the activities that are carried out,” he explains.
For Pablo Casanova, 45, If you’re vacationing on the coast with your family, sun protection is a priority. “There are four of us and we use a lot of sunscreen to protect ourselves from burns. They wear out fast, I had bought three that were used in a week. It is an expense that cannot be avoided, that is why I look for those that have a high protection factor and I lean towards those that are discounted”, he assures.
While Maria Marta Sáez, 47, He points out that he uses sunscreen year-round. “For me it means a big expense since I have to use it every day. In addition, the prices are very high and it is something that is consumed quickly. I am looking for offers since I use it every day, even in winter, on the recommendation of my dermatologist due to the sun spots I have and I repeat it every two hours”, he says and clarifies that he uses a protection factor greater than 50 which is even more expensive. “I think that sunscreens should have a discount for social work, since it is a product to protect against skin cancer and many people cannot buy it,” he adds.
A similar situation is that of Caroline Del Barco, 50, that she bought sunscreen in a family pack when she went on vacation, but that she uses it for her face throughout the year, also on the recommendation of her dermatologist. “I don’t consider it a big expense because of the benefits it brings, but obviously I look for discounts on the brands I buy. As for the use, I stretch it and only repeat on the face. My two children wear t-shirts with photoprotection, but I still put sunscreen on them. Anyway, we avoid the beach between 11 and 16, we prefer to escape from the strong sun”.
Coincide Achitte in the need to take care of yourself with the appropriate sunscreens, even if it means a considerable expense. “Currently, there are protectors of different prices on the market. The cost is directly related to quality controls, with the tests carried out by each brand and with the certifications that guarantee the product. Although it is an important expense, we must invest in this type of product since the fundamental thing is the health of our skin”, he points out.
“I always have sunscreen in my house, I use it if I am going to be out in the sun, or when I go to the pool, or just for a walk. If I go on vacation I make sure the pot is full. I consider it a necessary expense. I apply it generously and renew it after I get out of the water and if I have been exposed to the sun for a long time,” she says. Viviane Cot, 45 years old.
The need for greater skin care in the summer season has to do with several factors that occur in the hottest months. According to the doctor Leisa Maria Molinari (MN 116.628), medical director of the Skin Medical Center and adviser for La Roche Posay, in the summer there are several elements that combine: “solar radiation is more intense for more hours, we remain exposed longer and with less clothing and the skin is exposed to other aggressions such as chlorine, wind, salt water, sand, among others. Because We must reinforce our photoprotection habits as much as possible, using all resources conscientiously, specifically, the use of protectors”, he explains.
Molinari recommends that when exposing ourselves to the sun we should always use products with SPF greater than 30 and apply them 20 to 30 minutes before exposure. In addition, in children it is advisable to opt for pediatric formulations, which have an immediate action and provide the greatest protection for that age. “It is necessary to remember that properly applying and renewing protectors every two hours will prevent immediate damage such as burning, burns, sunstroke, dehydration and long-term damage. And it is important, and few people know, that in addition to the FPS that protects against UVB rays; there is the PPD, which is the protection against UVA rays that are the ones that generate invisible damage to the DNA of the skin. To know if a protector has high protection against UVA rays, the packaging must have the PA++++ or UVA symbols enclosed in a circle”, he clarifies.
Regarding the action of sunscreens, Molinari He maintains that they act by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation. “They capture the incident energy and transform it into pure thermal radiation, harmless to the skin. Over time, this type of protection decreases and that is why we must reposition the protector,” he adds. “The skin is a very relevant, visible organ through which we relate and which is directly affected by external factors, the most important being the sun,” he says. Molinari. For the doctor, the fact of not protecting the skin from the sun is really serious because it causes spots, wrinkles and premature aging, and encourages the development and persistence of very frequent conditions such as rosacea and acne. “And of course, can cause skin cancer, the great long-term problem in skin with photodamage, that has a great growth in its frequency worldwide and affects younger and younger people. You have to remember, that if there is a tan the skin suffered damage. There is no such thing as a healthy tan,” he emphasizes.
Currently, although its use is considered fundamental to take care of health and prevent skin cancer, sunscreens do not have a discount for social works, nor the possibility of free access. From the Ministry of Health of the Nation, assure that it is a prevention tool, although “today there is no single strategy that solves access to sunscreen for all sectors”. According to sources from that ministry, “we have to think about a policy of public production and after access as well. But it is not something immediate because public production takes time. However, the National Agency of Public Laboratories (Anlap) has been working for a long time on the possibility of producing sunscreens”, they maintain.