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Two types of invisible UV (ultraviolet) rays are emitted by the sun and can lead to skin damage: UVA rays and UVB rays. It’s important to protect against UVA and UVB rays year-round.
UVA rays, like an X-ray, are able to pass through clouds, clothing, windshields and even office windows. These rays also penetrate skin. Prolonged exposure to UVA rays damages the skin which makes skin lose its elasticity and tone. The result is sagging, wrinkles and an aged appearance to the skin.
UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer. They are stronger in the summer months and penetrate the topmost (epidermis) skin layers. The SPF (sun protection factor) rating on sunscreen lotions and creams indicates the amount of protection against UVB rays only. When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that offers broad-spectrum protection and SPF of at least 15, which screens out both UVA and UVB rays.
Too much sun has a weathering effect on skin and leads to an aged appearance. And the cumulative effects of sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It’s believed that more than 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by overexposure to the sun.
CARE & TREATMENT
There are some simple ways to practice skin safety, maintain the skin’s appearance and protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. First, since sun damage can occur year-round, not just when you’re at the beach or sitting by the pool, you should always protect sun-exposed skin. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen fifteen minutes before you head outdoors, and if you plan to be outside for prolonged periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours and use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
Wearing hats, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sun glasses are ways to help protect your skin from overexposure to the sun (dark clothing does tend to block more UV rays than lighter-colored clothing). And to be sun-sensible and protect yourself from the damaging effects of UV rays, avoid prolonged, unprotected exposure to sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Good, daily skin care practices help keep skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for guidance on any specific skincare concerns you may have.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Moisturizing, softing and smoothing dry skin
2. Improving the appearance of the skin
3. Achieving healthier-looking skin