New scars should be protected from sun exposure for at least the first 12 months. UV rays can cause the scar to become hyperpigmented, developing a brownish color that may be permanent. Even incidental sun exposure–such as driving, walking across a parking lot, sitting near a window–can result in cumulative damage to a scar if it is left unprotected. NewGel+ PROTECT Sun Stick was created to help protect new scars. Zinc oxide is a naturally derived mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) coverage, blocking 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. It is not absorbed into the body like chemical sunscreens, and is considered one of the safest sunscreens approved by the FDA. It is gentle and non-irritating to sensitive scar tissue, allowing the scar to mature without added damage. The convenient twist-up tube makes it easy to swipe over scars and reapply every two hours. No messy lotions that can stain your clothes are needed. Keep one at home, one in the car, one in your purse/backpack so you always have one handy to reapply. PROTECT sun stick is also a treat for your skin! It includes rich, nourishing certified organic oils, including jojoba, coconut and avocado. Zinc oxide is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic,and soothing properties.