We all know that wearing sunscreen is essential for protecting us from skin damage and skin cancer. Figuring out the best one for your skin can be a challenge when there are so many different options available.
Here’s what you need to know about sun protection, including how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type, and whether wearing sunscreen is enough to prevent skin cancer and premature aging.
Why the Sun is So Damaging
There’s nothing like feeling the warmth of the sun on your face. So how can something that feels so good be so bad for you?
It comes down to the types of rays that hit us. Sunlight is made up of two types of rays that are harmful to human skin: long-wave ultraviolet A rays (UVA) and short-wave ultraviolet B rays (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into your skin’s thickest layer, the dermis. UVB rays stick closer to the surface, eventually burning the top layers of your skin.
If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you can thank UVB rays. They’re most intense in the summer between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM, though they’re still present and harmful anytime the sun is up, even if it’s hidden behind clouds.
Unfortunately, good skin protection is about more than just blocking these two types of rays. As Dr. Ronald Moy, Director of Dermatology at California Health and Longevity Institute, says, “today, we are dealing with a whole host of environmental factors that negatively impact the skin. Everything from UVA and UVB rays to the light coming from our computers, air pollutants, and even a lack of sleep stress the body and damage the skin.”
Moy has developed his own skincare line called , which offers protection against environmental factors. It’s the only patented skincare brand that combines epidermal growth factors and Nobel award-winning DNA repair enzymes in one formula.
What to Look for When Buying Sunscreen
To fully protect your skin, you need to get sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays. Here are a few other things to look for.
Blue light protection
Blue light rays come from the sun as well as digital devices. That’s right. If you spend your days working at your laptop, your skin is getting damaged from invisible blue light rays.
Sun protection factor (SPF) ratings consider how long it takes for unprotected skin to burn versus protected skin. In general, you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from sunburn and minimize your risk of skin aging and skin cancer.
Classic vs. mineral
Their chemical composition differentiates these two types of sunscreen. Classic sunscreen is made up of active chemical ingredients, while mineral sunscreen is made up of active mineral ingredients. One difference is that you can go into the sun immediately after applying mineral sunscreen; you should wait 30 minutes before going into the sun after applying classic sunscreen.
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