Summer is here! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and trips to the beach will become a beautiful getaway from reality. Who doesn’t love a beautiful beach tan? While beautiful, sun-tanned skin can make you look better in photos, the horrible truth is that too much sun can cause health problems in the future. wrinkles, sun spots, dry patches and even cancer. A few good years of tanned skin are not worth many years of wrinkles, uneven colored skin in the future, or even serious health problems. Here are some tips to protect you and your family this summer in the sun!
First of all, sunscreen should be used daily. Even though it is not too hot outside or the day seems cloudy, the sun’s harmful rays continue to descend to the earth and onto your skin. With the hot weather may come days and hours outside in the fresh air. Whenever you and your family leave the house, put on sunscreen.
Now you might be thinking that there are so many different types of sunscreen, how do you choose? Here’s what you should be looking for:
You want sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Most sunscreens now protect both (they don’t always protect both). Many sunscreen companies are catching up, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one that offers the right protection.
UVA rays are the most common and account for up to 95 percent of UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and are believed to be the cause of skin damage and wrinkles.
UVB rays are also rays that reach the earth’s surface (not all UV rays reach the earth’s surface) and can damage the skin as well. These rays cause redness and sunburn on the skin. They are also important in the development of skin cancer. UVB rays hit the earth significantly around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UVA and UVB rays hit the earth all year round and can penetrate through clouds and even glass. It is important to find a sunscreen that protects against these two harmful UV rays for the skin and to use it daily!
Next, you want to make sure that you are getting waterproof sunscreen. Keep this word in mind. Waterproofing is slightly different from water resistance. The water resistant sunscreen maintains its SPF potency after 40 minutes of exposure to water. Waterproof sunscreen maintains its SPF potency after up to 80 minutes of exposure to water. For families with young children, it’s important to have sunscreen that lasts longer throughout the day, especially on the beach or in the pool. Having sunscreen that can last longer throughout the day can make a huge difference and keep everyone happy (one less struggle to deal with!)
Now you might also be wondering, what’s wrong with SPF? You can find sunscreen that is anywhere from 2 to 50. I learned in a college biology class that the SPF in lotions affects people with different skin types differently. People with lighter skin would need to apply more sunscreen than someone with more tanned skin.
According to the Melanoma Foundation, if you use sunscreen with SPF 15, you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than if you didn’t have sunscreen, without getting burned. Dermatologists suggest using SPF 15 sunscreen all year round, but people with fair skin should increase the SPF they use. SPF 2 absorbs 50% of UV rays, SPF 15 absorbs 93% and SPF 34 absorbs 97%. SPF 50 doesn’t absorb much more rays than SPF 34, so you don’t need to go crazy with SPF. You will always need to reapply an SPF 50 the same number of times during the day as an SPF 34. I have even seen an SPF 75-80 and the same applies, they will always absorb almost the same amount of rays. than SPF 34. SPF 15 -34 should be sufficient and sufficiently safe for you and your family.
So what do we take away from all this gibberish?
Find a sunscreen that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy or cooler than a normal summer day.
If you’ll be around water a lot this summer, use waterproof sunscreen rather than water resistant to avoid having to constantly apply lotion throughout the day.
SPF 2, although protecting the skin, does not protect it enough. Grabbing an SPF 50 won’t protect you much better than an SPF 34. You’ll always have to reapply throughout the day, so going for an SPF 15-34 is your best bet!
Stay safe this summer. Use sunscreen and keep your skin and family happy and protected!
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