A Short Lesson on Sunscreen!

Sunscreen & Lip Balm Combo No BackWith everyone trying to get that last vacation time in before school starts back, I thought it would be a great time to talk a little about Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.

In the last year the FDA completed a study on sunscreen that has changed the guidelines on how to properly label products that protect you from the sun.

For example:

–  All active ingredients that protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays must be listed.

–  The FDA requires that detailed warnings and directions be listed.

–  Complete ingredient disclosure is a must.

It is important that when purchasing sunscreen products you make sure you get Broad Spectrum ones which protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, and that they have the above information listed on them.

UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather.  Therefore you can get sun damage even on a cloudy day.  UVA rays are so powerful that they will penetrate some clothing and even glass!

UVA rays are the rays that are responsible for the signs of aging we all get because they are able to penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the cells beneath.  While people think their skin looks younger because of their nice tan, the reality is each tan is giving your skin irreversible damage, and you will see it’s damage later in life.  Also, remember that your skin is your largest organ so it’s very important to keep that organ healthy.

So when you think of UVA rays, think of sun spots, leathery skin and wrinkles!

UVB rays are the rays you can blame for your sunburn.  Unlike UVA rays, these rays aren’t always the same strength year round.  They are more prevalent in the summer months.  However, they are able to reflect off of water or snow, so it’s best to always protect yourself year-round.

Additionally, UVB rays are responsible for causing most skin cancers.  While large doses of UVA rays can contribute to cancer, it’s the UVB rays that are commonly to blame.

If you’ve heard the wise advice to stay out of the sun though the mid-day hours, it’s the UVB rays that you are trying to avoid.  They are most prevalent during the middle of the day, so if you must be out at that time, be sure to protect your skin with an extra coating of sunscreen.  Remember to apply 30 minutes before going outside, and to reapply often if you are going to be out for long periods of time.

So when you think of UVB rays, think sunburn and cancer!

Hopefully now you will understand more about why Broad Spectrum sunscreen is so important.  It is also a great branding tool.  Talk with your sales representative today about your branding options with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, and enjoy these last days of summer before school starts back!

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