Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The temperature today reached 37 degrees Celsius. That is roughly equivalent to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That is hot! hot!hot!

I am now sunburned. No, I have not been to the beach yet. I really do not like the beach, as a matter of fact. I try to keep freckles and melasma off my face that is why I stay away from the sun. I really take precautions.

I slather sunblock on my face before I leave the house. My sunblock claims to block UVA and UVB rays. I use an umbrella while walking under the intense heat of the Philippine sun. I re-apply sunscreen as needed. Still, I see myself getting progressively sunburned.

The heck with sunblocks having an SPF of 45. If I normally get sunburned in 10 minutes then using a sunscreen with an SPF pf 45 would mean I am safe from burning in a time span of 450 minutes or 7 hours and 50 minutes. Umm. Not true at all. You see, I just found out that conventional sunscreen with a high SPF does block UVA rays effectively.

Even some products labeled "broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection" do not provide good protection against UVA rays. The best UVA protection is provided by products that contain zinc oxide, avobenzone, and ecamsule. Titanium dioxide probably gives good protection, but does not completely cover the entire UV-A spectrum.

Ultraviolet A causes invisible damage and skin aging and does not cause reddening or pain. This is the culprit that makes me darker and gives me age spots and wrinkles! Drat!

Anyone knows where I can buy a titanium dioxide-based sunblock?


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Posted by desperateblogger On 4/23/2008 05:18:00 PM 3 comments

3 comments:

  1. it's so true!!!! even at 8am..masakit na sa skin ang tama ng rays ng sun..:( so sad.

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  2. oh wow ang inet!!! as the english would say...how lovely! but i'm sure you guys back there are not enjoying it. naku kung dito yan, nag labasan na ang mga top down cars, flip flops at may mga nag susun bathing na sa park. kami rito sa UK, april na pero may araw pa rin na malamig.

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  3. Same in Malaysia, like living in an oven. Thank God now is raining outside... Thank God! :)

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