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The Sunshine State's Invention that Changed the World: Sunscreen

Sunscreen was invented separately yet simultaneously by four distinct chemists in various regions around the world between 1930 and 1940:

H.A. Milton from Australia was probably the first marketer. He found that a scar material provided sun protection in the early 1930s. The moment he realized his cream could be manufactured, he approached his friends for financing.

The Hamilton Sunscreen was his first product, a 500-tube run of "sunburn cream (He added his first two initials to "Milton" to become "Hamilton.") The product was believed to be extensively circulated and sold successfully. It's unclear whether it was offered in other nations during its infancy, but it's available now.

A Miami pharmacist named Benjamin Green developed the first sunscreen in the United States (1918-2004). While serving in the Pacific during World War II, Green and other soldiers realized they needed sun protection. Upon his return home, he created what we now call Coppertone.

Coppertone Expands

Green ultimately got financial support from two well-known Miami entrepreneurs who joined the board. Green expanded from local retail to countrywide sales in less than ten years, thanks to the additional funding and corporate human resources. Although Douglas Labs still manufactured the product, it was changed to Coppertone. The two individuals that partnered with Green to oversee the corporation were Maurice Gusman and Charles E. Clowe.

The classic young girl and the pooch who exposes her tan outline were used prominently in the product's promotion by the 1950s.

Patents for Sunscreen

Sunscreen patents did not appear until the mid-1950s. At the time, most patent submissions featured different compounds that either blocked or absorbed photons. The first patent for a preventative for sunburns was filed by Heyden Chemical Corporation's David X. Klein. His patent absorbs rays using n-salcoyl-p-aminophenol salts.

An application to patent the use of benzophenones was filed within one year. This compound is still used to defend against UV rays currently. There were multiple accepted patents for various ways to absorb UV radiation by the early 1960s.

Sunscreen cream in the form of sun on blue background with white tube

Even On Cloudy Days, You Should Always Wear Sunscreen

The sun's rays penetrate clouds by up to 80 %, so don't assume it's safe to go without sunscreen on a cloudy day. Sunscreen usage is an effective preventive health measure that should be followed year-round, particularly during the winter. Snow may reflect 80 percent of UV (ultraviolet) radiation, putting you at greater risk of sun exposure.

The following are the main reasons why sun protection should be used throughout the year:

It Protects The Skin From Premature Aging

The sun causes photoaging, which causes the skin to develop a thick, leathery appearance, pigmentation, and collagen loss, leading to sagging, lines, and wrinkles. According to studies, persons younger than 55 who use sunblock daily experience a 24 percent lower risk of acquiring these symptoms of aging compared to those who don't.

Maintains An Even Tone Of The Skin

Wearing sunscreen can help prevent dark spots and discoloration caused by the sun, keeping your skin tone even and smooth.

You Are More Likely To Get Skin Cancer If Your Hair Is Red

Scientists used to believe that redheads' fair complexion was to blame for their elevated risk. 2013 saw the discovery of the MC1R gene variation, which causes red hair and pale complexion.

Uv Protection For Your Skin

The ozone layer's degradation has raised our risk of sunburn from dangerous UV radiation. Sunscreen filters these photons, lowering the risk of sunburn significantly. Look for items with an SPF of at least 15 (some physicians suggest no less than 30) and apply them day after day. You'll need around an ounce to coat your entire body.

It Lowers Your Skin Cancer Risk

American's are most likely to develop skin cancer. Melanoma of the skin was diagnosed in 71,943 people in 2013, and 9,394 of them were fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When you apply sunscreen every day, you reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by half.

What Other Options Do You Have For Avoiding Sun Damage?

  • Minimize your exposure to the sun, especially between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is at its highest.

  • Wear trousers and long sleeves that provide sun protection, as well as a hat with a wide brim that covers your head, neck, and ears.

  • Consider Australian or New Zealand-certified sunglasses to protect your eyes.

  • If you spend much time on the road, you should install UV-protective window tint in your car.

There is no right time or wrong time for you to protect your skin. If you've previously had skin damage caused by the sun or if you have skin spots that are bothering you, you need to have them evaluated by a competent skin cancer specialist right away. Now is the time to schedule a skin examination.

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