Is your skin summer-ready? Although we look forward to enjoying warmer temperatures and sunnier days, our skin doesn't necessarily feel the same way. We recommend modifying your usual skincare routine to include products that soothe, protect, and prepare your skin for time in the sun, water, and outdoors.
What are UV Rays?
As many of us know, the sun emits UV (ultraviolet radiation) rays which can be damaging to our skin over time. According to Carly Vandergriendt from Healthline.com, there are some very distinct differences between UVA, UVB, and UVC light. UVA is known to have the shortest wavelength of the three and UVC has the longest.
Each one also effects different skin cells, can lead to differing short-term and long-term effects, and has a different source.
Can Sunscreen Really Prevent UV Damage?
We know that sunscreen is important. We know that the SPF (sun protection factor) level is important. But which level do we need, and is it really helping? An article written by Dominic Wu, MD for Harvard Health Publishing explains that an SPF between 30-50 is recommended when you spend time outside. An SPF of 30 can protect against 97% of UVB rays, however any SPF above 50 has minimal more protection than 50. Wu recommends that everyone should wear sunscreen when going outdoors, no matter their skin color. The suggested amount for the face is roughly a teaspoon, and for the body is closer to a shot glass, and should be reapplied every two hours.