Can you tell which sunscreen protection is good for your skin? A recent survey conducted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society proves that many consumers are still not aware of the protection they need as they cannot understand the labels of the products.
As temperatures keep on rising, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has carried out a poll to see whether consumers have the knowledge to protect themselves against the noxious sun rays. For the survey, they have interviewed 2,057 adults, who have admitted that they have used sun protection in the past.
The problems appear when individuals have to choose between a product and another one based on the SPF protection that they provide. According to the results of the poll 15% of the respondents rarely check the labels of the sunscreen products they use. Even so, they can’t tell the difference between the various SPF protection levels that lotions offer.
As a results, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has urged producers of sunscreen products to adopt better labels for their products. In their opinion, the SPF protection should only be limited to low, medium, high and very high, so consumers will not get confused by figures.
Moreover, the lack of a universally acknowledged system causes additional problems to consumers who find it hard to orient themselves in the myriad of products existing on the market. Thus, a general system could help consumer better understand SPF factors and choose their sun protection accordingly.
The good news, however, is that the majority of the respondents were aware that sun protection is vital when exposing their skin to sun rays. Researchers think this is a great achievement, considering that sunscreen lotions have long been neglected by consumers. The latter failed to see their importance in the past, but recent results show that the situation has improved.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society tried to land a helping hand to people by providing quick explanations for the UVA and UVB rays and the appropriate sun protection. They have, once more, underlined that both sun rays are noxious to people’s skins, not just UVB rays as some people might be mistakenly tempted to think.
Customers should verify both the UVA and UVB protection rates on their products upon purchase, the company concluded. This way, they can indeed benefit of the right protection for their skin type.
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