Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Screen for the Best Sunscreen

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Screen for the Best Sunscreen

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Byline: Laura Hunt laura.hunt@thechronicle.com.au

Stay safe

Research has shown that increased protection against sun exposure will prevent skin cancer at whatever age it is applied.

Use multiple measures when outdoors, including protective clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Check your skin regularly and have a partner or friend check difficult-to-see areas.

EVERYONE knows to slip, slop, slap but do we really know what we're putting onto our skin?

Recent debate has opened up about the pros and cons of physical versus chemical sunscreen, but what exactly is the difference?

Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising co-ordinator Susan Hickey said both worked in different ways.

"Sunscreen is a chemical agent that provides either a physical blocker or chemical filter from the sun's ultraviolet radiation," she said.

"Sunscreens containing physical blockers often create a visible layer of sunscreen on skin.

"Typical ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which work to reflect ultraviolet radiation as it reaches the skin and absorb some ultraviolet radiation at a specific wavelength and convert it into heat energy. …

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