Summer is almost here, which means plenty of fun outdoor adventures and more than our fair share of sun exposure. There’s a lot that goes into buying and applying the correct sunscreen. It’s better to be knowledgeable about protecting yourself.
UVA & UVB Rays ~ What’s the Difference?
A good way to remember the difference between UVA and UVB rays is that UVA rays are the main culprit in aging. These rays penetrate the skin much deeper than UVB rays, resulting in damage to your skin at a cellular level. UVB rays cause your skin to tan or burn. These rays can also cause skin cancer.
- UVA- Aging rays
- UVB- Burning rays
What Should You Look For When Buying Sunscreen?
The most important thing to consider when choosing a sunscreen is whether or not it is broad spectrum. Broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. For all around health, it is also wise to choose a sunscreen without parabens, which can act as hormone disruptors in your body. A good quality sunscreen will contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are the two necessary ingredients in preventing premature aging from sun damage.
How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?
On average, people apply about one tablespoon of sunscreen all over their bodies. This is not enough. The SPF protection of sunscreen is significantly reduced if you do not apply the correct amount. The recommended application amount is three tablespoons over your body and about a teaspoon on your face.
How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen?
You should apply sunscreen least 30 minutes before going into the sun, and reapply every 3-4 hours. If you swim or work up a sweat, you should apply it more often and be sure that you’re using a water resistant formula.
When is Your Sun Exposure Increased?
You are at greater risk for damage from sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
If you are on or near water, or in higher elevations, remember to reapply more often.
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