Is there a such thing as a healthy tan? Sunscreen 101 - How to Protect Yourself
Hello, True to You Tribe!
We’ve all been a little cooped up recently - well, for a lot of reasons. Thankfully, despite COVID19, we are still able to enjoy some outdoor activities! With the weather feeling a bit more summer-like, let’s talk about what you need to do to protect yourself and your skin from the unwanted rays!
First, let’s start with some facts.
What is UVA vs. UVB?
There are two types of Ultraviolet light that can contribute to your risk of getting skin cancer.
Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength and is associated with the aging of skin.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burning.
What should I look for in a sunscreen?
Keep in mind that the number on the sunscreen label only addresses the level of UVB protection (the rays that cause skin burning) and not UVA. Make sure to look for products that have both SPF value greater than 30 and state “broad-spectrum.” This stamp of “broad-spectrum” means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens? Which is better?
A mineral (or physical) sunscreen blocks and scatters the rays before they penetrate the skin. Look for ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. And, no, the zinc oxide does not come out white like you're imagining on a lifeguard!
A chemical sunscreen absorbs the UV rays before they can damage your skin.
When in doubt, reach for the mineral sunscreen!
Is there a such thing as a “healthy tan?”
Short answer: NO.
UVA rays cause tanning and sunburns. UVA radiation has proven to contribute to the development of skin cancer. UVA rays, while slightly less intense than UVA, penetrate your skin deeper. Exposure causes genetic damage to cells on the innermost part of your top layer of skin, where most skin cancers occur. The skin tries to prevent further damage by darkening, hence, the tan. Over time, UVA also leads to premature aging and skin cancer.
UVA is everywhere! UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth. The rays maintain the same level of strength during daylight hours throughout the year.
Remember, UVA can also penetrate windows (think driving your car) and cloud cover!
Bottom line, the MOST important step in your skin care regimen is sunscreen! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. That single step in the morning will decrease your risk of skin cancer while also protect you from premature aging. I mean, win-win, right?
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