What You Might Not Know About Your Skin and the Sun

By  - 5 months ago

Scared of commitment? Then sorry to say, but your skin’s relationship with the sun is a lifelong union you’re going to have to stick to. What’s the point of investing so much on skincare if you’ll just suffer long-term sun damage?

Before that happens, here are important facts you need to know about suncare:

 

5. Your skin is not safe, even in the shade

The shade can only block out 20% of UV rays. So if it’s summer, and all you have is an umbrella or the shade of a tree to shield you, that won’t do. Make it a habit to put on sunscreen even if you spend most of the time indoors.

4. There’s not much difference between the SPF numbers

An SPF 30 can block 97% of UVB rays and any amount above that only increases by 1 or 2%. No matter how high the number, all sunscreens protect you for the same amount of time. You really have to reapply after every 2 hours especially if you’re sweating or swimming.

 

3. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going out

If you’re the type to only wear sunscreen when you’re already outside, you’re doing it wrong. Your skin needs to fully absorb the SPF before it works so it’s safer to wait 20 minutes after applying sunscreen. Don’t forget to put even under your clothes too since clothes are only SPF 4 to 9. 

2. UVA vs UVB

UVB causes sunburns while UVA causes a deeper effect like aging. UVA causes wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and many other ailments. Both UVB and UVA can cause skin cancer, so make sure to choose products that say “broad spectrum” on their packaging.

1. Skin cancer is the most preventable form of cancer

According to PreventCancer.org, you can prevent this by forming a habit of applying sunscreen, avoiding indoor tanning, and covering up when it’s midday. There are also a lot of accessible products that can protect you from both UVB and UVA rays like Biore, Clarins, Cetaphil, and Neutrogena.

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