Tips on Safe sun and Sunscreen from Gina Pearson
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Thanks to my company for laying it out and keeping all of us safe and informed! I wanted to share some important tips with you on sunscreen and safe sun.
Now that spring is upon us we will be spending a lot more time outside. Here are some tips on safe sun.How much do you really know about the sunscreens that you put on your body? I want to share info here with you so you can make the right decisions when applying sunscreen and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.
How much do you know about sun safety and Sunscreen? These 6 tips on safe sun will help ensure your skin is well-protected.
Do you know the difference between UVA and UVB? How about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens?
1. The sun emits two types of rays that reach your skin, UVA and UVB. What’s the difference between the two?
Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays emit the same amount of radiation from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are stronger in the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2. Are UVA and UVB rays equally harmful to skin?
Yes, but they affect it in different ways. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and skin redness. (Think “B” for “burning.”) They cause inflammation, surface dryness and excess dry skin buildup.
UVA rays are weaker than UVB rays but pass further into your skin. They stimulate excess pigment, resulting in dark marks, age spots and dullness. UVAs also break down collagen and elastin, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging. UVA rays can penetrate glass, which means they harm your skin even while indoors.
3. What does SPF stand for, and how does it work?
SPF is short for “Sun Protection Factor.” The higher the SPF, the more protection. But exactly how long a sunscreen protects you depends on your skin color and its tolerance to UVB rays.
To get a sense of how long you can stay in the sun, multiply your sunscreen’s SPF number by the amount of time it takes your skin to burn in the sun.
If your skin turns red in 10 minutes without sun protection, your math would look like this:
• SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) without getting burned
• SPF 30 x 10 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) without getting burned
…but there’s a little more to it than this. First, no sunscreen can block out 100% of the sun’s rays. Since you can’t rely on sunscreen for complete protection, be sure to cover up your body and wear a big hat and sunglasses.
4. What’s the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen?
The two types of sunscreens protect skin in different ways and have different properties. Physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, reflect and scatter light and are gentle on skin — which is why UNBLEMISH and SOOTHE sunscreens are physical sunscreens. Chemical screens, such as avobenzone, absorb light and blend well with more ingredients. REVERSE, REDEFINE and ESSENTIALS sunscreens are chemical sunscreens.
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Whether physical or chemical, all our broad-spectrum sunscreens are formulated to protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays.
5. How much sunscreen do I need?
More than you probably think! Apply one tablespoon of sunscreen to your face and one ounce — the amount that would fill a shot glass — to your body for adequate sun protection.
6. How frequently should I reapply sunscreen to myself and my kids?
One application of sunscreen won’t protect your skin for the entire day. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours — more frequently if you’ve been in the water. This is true even if you’re using a sunscreen with a high SPF.
I have learned the hard way about sun damage. Hopefully this will help you. Check out some of these before and after pictures and see how it is never too late to reverse the sun damage, soothe sensitive skin, lessen the wrinkles or clear the acne. Give yourself a healthy glowing complexion, you are worth it!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have.