oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Sunscreens : skin care

Volume 13, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



With the summer holidays approaching, many South Africans will flock to the coast, or at the very least, spend time outdoors in the sun. The sun provides warmth and light which enables plant growth. Sunlight also improves mood and is used by the human body to produce vitamin D. Unfortunately, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are also responsible for sunburn, photoageing and skin cancer. In this article, we will discuss sunscreens and how they should be used to obtain the best protection from UV exposure.

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