Everyone craves that beautiful summer glow that the increased sun brings. But achieving that summer skin can be so harmful to your body that just one bad sunburn can cause melanoma and other skin cancers years after it happens.
The sun’s rays are made up of UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens do not protect against both types of rays so it is important to know the difference between the two.
Ultraviolet A (UVA): Radiation from the sun that is able to pass through glass and may cause premature aging or wrinkling of the skin. UVA is also shown to play a role in basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and other skin cancers.
Ultraviolet B (UVB): Radiation the is more closely linked with the development of skin cancer and melanoma. UVB rays cause sunburn and cannot penetrate through windows or other filters between the sun and your body.
Northern VA’s top cellulite specialist, Cellulite Solutions, has put together this list of tips for you to follow in order to enjoy the summer weather while protecting the most important organ: your skin. These tips are most important during the summer when the UV index skyrockets, but they should be followed all year round in order to best protect against burns, cancer, and other harmful affects to your skin.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water resistant and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Other types of sunscreen may help prevent sunburn, but they will not protect against skin cancer. Don’t forget to go over your lips with a spa chapstick as well!
Limit sun exposure between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, when the sun’s rays are the most intense. Make sure you are practicing the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, you should find shade.
Apply at least 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body about 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. One ounce is enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Reapply every 2 hours or every hour if you are swimming or sweating.
Protect your eyes! Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption. They will provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
Be careful around water, sand, (and snow during the winter) . These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, increasing your risk of getting sunburned.
These simple rules will help you protect and perfect that summer glow safely. Cellulite Solutions promotes a healthy alternative to sun lamps, and tanning beds or salons through use of cremes and lotions that moisturize and tint the skin without harmful exposure to the sun’s rays.