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The other day I sent an email out reminding customers to always wear sunscreen. A few questions came out of that email so I decided to give you a blog that will explain things more in detail.
Many people like myself took sunscreen for granted until I noticed how my arm would turn red and blotchy when the sun shined on it through the window of my car. That's when I knew I needed a better understanding about the importance of sunscreen to protect myself from the sun. During my research, I was shocked to learn that only 19% of Americans wear sunscreen daily (according to thedermreviews.com). We need to do better. I hope the blog give you the knowledge to fully understand why you need to wear sunscreen daily.
The difference between UVA and UVB rays
UVA and UVB rays are both types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun. However, they have different wavelengths and properties, which can affect how they interact with our skin.
UVA rays have a longer wavelength than UVB rays and can penetrate deeper into the skin. They are present throughout the day, even on cloudy days and can cause skin damage, aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer. UVA rays are responsible for causing long-term skin damage, including premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots.
UVB rays, have a shorter wavelength than UVA rays and primarily affect the skin's top layers. They are responsible for causing sunburn, skin damage, and increasing the risk of skin cancer. UVB rays are most intense during the middle of the day and in the summer months.
Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. That's why it's important to use sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. By using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, apply it every two hours, wearing protective clothing, and staying in the shade, you can protect your skin from both types of UV radiation. Also, try to avoid the sun during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm) to reduce the risk of sun damage and skin cancer.
For example, if you apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30, it will take 30 times longer for your skin to burn compared to if you were not wearing any sunscreen. However, it's important to note that SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, not UVA rays, which can also cause skin damage.
It’s important to note The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) that is water resistant with a minimum SPF of 30. An SPF of 30 or higher can provide adequate protection against harmful UV rays. However, it's essential to note that the higher the SPF, the better the protection.
Sunscreens with higher SPF provide more protection and are recommended for people with fair skin or those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
It's also important to apply sunscreen correctly and reapply it every two hours or more frequently if you're sweating or swimming. Additionally, it's important to seek shade, wear protective clothing, and avoid the sun during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm) to reduce the risk of sun damage and skin cancer.
Types of Sunscreen
The AAD states the kind of sunscreen you use is a matter of personal choice, and may vary depending on the area of the body to be protected. Available sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays.
- Creams are best for dry skin and the face.
- Gels are good for hairy areas, such as the scalp or male chest.
- Sticks are good to use around the eyes.
- Sprays are sometimes preferred by parents since they are easy to apply to children. Make sure to use enough of these products to thoroughly cover all exposed skin. Do not inhale these products or apply near heat, open flame or while smoking.
- Current FDA regulations on testing and standardization do not pertain to spray sunscreens. The agency continues to evaluate these products to ensure safety and effectiveness.
There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as for sensitive skin and babies.
Now let’s learn more about the importance of sunscreen and how it protects our skin.
Prevents Skin Damage
The sun's UV rays can cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen is designed to shield your skin from these harmful rays, reducing the likelihood of developing these conditions.
Slows Down Aging Process
Sun damage is one of the main causes of premature aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. By wearing sunscreen daily, you can help slow down the aging process, keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy.
Easy to Use
Applying sunscreen is simple, and it takes only a few minutes. Most sunscreens come in a variety of formulas, including lotions, sprays, and creams, so it's easy to find one that works for you.
In conclusion, wearing sunscreen is an important part of maintaining healthy skin, especially during the summer months. It can prevent skin damage, slow down the aging process, and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Remember to use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, apply it correctly, and reapply it every two hours or more frequently if needed. By incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine and taking other precautions to protect your skin, you can enjoy the summer sun while keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.
Share the knowledge! Spread awareness about the significance of sunscreen by sharing this blog with your friends and family. Together, we can promote sun safety and prevent skin damage.
Until next time!
@Georgina. Thank you and yes, I remember when that happened. It’s hard to forget because we love our smell goods but they should never be layered with sunscreen.
This is why I staying coming back to this blog. Easy to read and always informative. Thank you.
Side Note: Be careful wearing sun block and perfumes or colognes. As I found out a summer ot two ago, it’s a recipe to get burned. Just spray your clothes not your skin.