Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:

http://beautynbuzz.com/choose-sunscreen/

Protect Yourself from the Harmful Rays of the Sun

Sun Protection 101

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best sunscreen is one that you’ll use generously and according to label directions. Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, offers the following guidance …

“Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.”

What does a broad spectrum sunscreen do?
There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad spectrum, or full spectrum sunscreen is designed to protect you from both UVA AND UVB rays. Not all sunscreens offer broad spectrum protection.

UVA = “A” for Aging
UVB = “B” for Burning

UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.

Does the best sunscreen also have the highest SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how ell the sunscreen deflects UVB rays. Manufacturers calculate SPF based on how long it takes to sunburn skin that’s been treated with the sunscreen, as compared to skin that has not been treated with sunscreen.

Theoretically, the best sunscreen has the highest SPF number. It’s not that simple, however. When applied correctly, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will provide slightly more protection from UVB rays than does a sunscreen with an SPF of 15. But, the SPF 30 product isn’t twice as protective as the SPF 15 product. Sunscreens with SPF’s greater than 50 provide only a small increase in UVB protection.

Also keep in mind that sunscreen is often not applied thoroughly or thick enough, and it might be washed off during swimming or sweating. As a result, even the best sunscreen might be less effective than the SPF number on the bottle would lead you to believe.

Rather than looking at a sunscreen’s SPF, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays!

 

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/best-sunscreen/art-20045110

About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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