What is Sunscreen?

Sunscreen (also generally known as sunblock, sun tan lotion, sun screen, sunburn cream or block out) is a lotion, spray, gel, stick or other topical product that absorbs or reflects any of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on exposed skin. Skin exposed to sunlight (UVA& UVB rays) is susceptible to sunburn, skin damage, premature aging, and melanomas among other exposure issues.

Chemical filter sunscreens are the most common type available on the market and are usually a combination of the active ingredients of avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, octinoxate, and oxybenzone.

Mineral sunscreens use a physical block formulation of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.