Sun damage affects each and every one of us, whether you want to believe it or not. Wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats every single day is of the utmost importantce. Today we are diving into how the sun damages your skin and how you can protect yourself. I’ve spent my life in the sun and have the damage to prove it, so I want you to learn from me on how to protect yourself!
It’s time to get sun smart!
What we’re talking about
- UVA vs UVB
- SPF – Sun Protection Factor
What Is The Difference Between UVA and UVB?
UVA are sun rays that radiate from sunrise to sunset all year round. These rays are weaker than UVB rays, but they pass furthest in your skin and are associated with aging. UVB rays are stronger in the summer and cause sunburn and redness. Protecting yourself from both of these types of rayes is key.
How Much SPF Do I Need?
To decipher how much SPF you should be using, take the amount of time it takes for you to burn in the sun without sunscreen and multiply it by the SPF factor. If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then an SPF of 15 would allow you protection for 150 minutes in the sun.
How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?
You should use at least one tablespoon of sunscreen on your face and one ounce (a shot glass) on your body. You can even use makeup that has sunscreen in it to get extra protection. Focus not only on sunscreen but on flourescent bulbs, UV rays on gel manicures, windows on airplanes and in cars and your tablets and computer screens.
Protect your skin and stop causing sun damage to yourself!