Sunscreen (also known as sunblock, suntan lotion) is a lotion, spray or other topical product that helps protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and which reduces sunburn and other skin damage, with the goal of lowering the risk of skin cancer. However in the United States, the term suntan lotion can sometimes mean the opposite of sunscreen or sunblock, and instead refers to lotion designed to moisturize and maximize UV exposure and tanning rather than provide sun protection.These are commonly called indoor tanning lotions when designed for use with tanning beds or just suntan lotion if designed for outdoor use and may or may not have SPF protection in them.

The most effective sunscreen protects against both UVB (ultraviolet radiation with wavelength between 290 and 320 nanometres), which can cause sunburn, and UVA (between 320 and 400 nanometres), which damages the skin with more long-term effects, such as premature skin aging.  Most sunblocks work by containing either an organic chemical compound that absorbs ultraviolet light (such as oxybenzone) or an opaque material that reflects light (such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide), or a combination of both. Typically, absorptive materials are referred to as chemical blocks, whereas opaque materials are mineral or physical blocks.

Sol Sunguard Sunscreen

BlueWater’s ultra low chemical-active formula uses Z-Cote, a powerful, micro-fine zinc oxide that offers transparent and total protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Its unique fragrance-free, emulsion-loc technology (non-water soluble) means the sunblock stays on your skin and out of your eyes. Extra gentle, no eye sting, formulated specifically for water-sports.  Will not harm fishing lines or flies!