Spring is here, Summer is around the corner.
As the weather changes and the days are longer, we want to be outside more, enjoying the sunshine. And this seems to be the only time of year we start to think about sunscreens and sunburns.
So, what exactly are Sunscreens?
Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation,UVA and UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB, which is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes lasting skin damage, skin aging, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes sunburns, skin damage, and can cause skin cancer.
What do I look for in a SunScreen?
SPF – or Sun Protection Factor– is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours. Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB.
Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Beginning in December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to implement new rules for “broad-spectrum” products.
Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to apply sunscreen. Although it isn’t rocket science, there are some easy steps to give your skin the protection from the sun.
How? What? When?
Choosing the right sunscreen is very important. You want to purchase one that protects from both UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF of 15 or higher.
The first thing you want to do is apply your sunscreen at the right time which is at least 30 minutes before you go out into the sun which will give your skin time to absorb the lotion and you need to “refresh” your sunscreen by slathering it on each and every time you go outside and every two hours while out for an extended period of time.
I will repeat myself here, apply your sunscreen every time you go out. That means even on a cloudy day. Everyday. Year-round. Washington State has one of the highest rates for skin cancer. Not sure why exactly, but my thought is because we think because the clouds block the sun so we don’t need it. NOT TRUE!
Another tip with sunscreen is check your ingredients AND expiration dates.
There are physical and chemical sunscreens. Here is a link that explains the difference.
At Lavish, we sell Bioelements skincare, as to which they have a line on sunscreens (3 different levels) that can compliment or act as your moisturizer.