sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

Definition of sunscreen

1 : a screen to protect against sun
2 : a preparation (such as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation) also : its active ingredient (as benzophenone) — compare sunblock

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Other Words from sunscreen

sunscreening \ ˈsən-​ˌskrē-​niŋ How to pronounce sunscreening (audio) \ adjective

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Apply waterproof sunscreen throughout the day and drink plenty of fluids (avoid beverages with sweeteners or with caffeine)., "Headed to a Water Park This Summer? Here's What You Need to Know to Stay Safe," 28 June 2018 Skin-care products for oily or acne-prone skin: Products formulated to provide solutions for oily or acne-prone skin, including cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliants, masks, makeup remover, lip balms, lip scrubs/masks, serums, and sunscreen. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Are the Submission Guidelines for Our 2019 Healthy Beauty Awards," 5 Mar. 2019 To keep skin smoother for longer, celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas recommends a combination of hydration, sunglasses to help ward off UV damage (make sure your sunnies come with UV protection), and that old skincare standby, sunscreen. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019 Leslie Osborne, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, founded Sweat Cosmetics in 2015 with four of her former teammates after finding there were few options between traditional sunscreen and makeup. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Sneakers? Check. Mascara? Check. Makeup is the New Workout Gear," 22 Jan. 2019 India and Turkey have already targeted U.S. products, ranging from rice to autos to sunscreen. Paul Wiseman,, "Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight," 22 June 2018 But as temperatures touched 95 degrees, most merchants switched to sunscreen and bottles of water. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Arizona teachers, supporters flood Capitol to demand more education funding," 26 Apr. 2018 Prohibiting such measures would help more students have access to sunscreen during the school day and prevent some from getting sunburned during recess or on field trips, advocates say. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Too young to tan? Bill could prohibit tanning salons for those under age 18," 29 Jan. 2018 Here are some easy tips for sun safety for all skin types: -Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of at least 30. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Myth Buster: ALL skin types need sunscreen," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of sunscreen

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sunscreen

: a lotion that you put on your skin to prevent sunburn by blocking out some of the sun's rays


sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunscreen

: a preparation applied to the skin to prevent sunburn usually by chemically absorbing the sun's ultraviolet radiation


sun·​screen | \ -ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

Medical Definition of sunscreen

: a preparation (as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation) also : its active ingredient (as benzophenone) — compare sunblock

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sunscreening adjective

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