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In our society its a given that suntans look attractive and its also understoud that they can be harmful and downright unhealthy So what does this mean This means that there is a multi-million dollar a year industry that researches and manufactures UV absorbing and blocking lotions that are designed to prevent skin damage from tanning and burning It is a prime example of the use of chemistry to improve the quality of life for many people writes Wyn Locke1 Our obsession with getting tanned has boomed since the 1970s and the outbreak of packaged tours The tan now and hurt later philosophy has led to the sun-worshipping of everyone from the golden gods to the fair-skinned burn n peelers which results in a copious amount of lotions and creams being slathered on everyday These lotions are usually sunscreens or sunblocks meant to protect us from the blisters the pain and in general to keep our youthful glow lasting just a few years longer A sunguard is a cream designed to protect ones skin from being sunburned Our bodies are incrementally damaged by each new exposure to the sun and this damage can later be seen in the form of wrinkles blotchy skin and even skin cancer Sunscreens have evolved a goodly amount over the years Christopher Columbus noticed in 1492 that the natives of Hispaniola would protect themselves with red paint as to avoid sun damage The ancient Greeks who trained for the Olympics in the nude would rub themselves with a mixture of sand and oil which provided an opaque protection from the sun and were sweat resistant These notions resemble those of earlier modern day technologies The minerals most often used in conjunction are either oxide of zinc of titanium These are the sunscreens that graced the noses of every red suited lifeguard in the 50s Todays modern world demands an absorbing lotion one that protects the skin but avoids the look
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