un bathing used to be considered ultra chic and extremely healthy because the resultant Tan was the ultimate expression of beautiful skin. Then came the discovery of the dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on the skin. Although sunlight has its benefits there are several risk factors to the skin. Sunlight can be used to treat some skin conditions but overexposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, freckles, dilated blood vessels, skin texture changes and skin cancers.
A basic understanding of the sun’s rays, how it affects the skin, how to protect from it, the type of skin conditions it can cause and what to use to achieve the minimal protection from sun exposure is warranted in this approach about sun care.
Analytically the components of sunlight are both visible and invisible rays. The invisible rays are known as ultraviolet-A (UVA) (which are of long wavelength ultraviolet light) and Ultraviolet-B (UVB) (which are of short wavelength ultraviolet light). The visible portion of the sun rays are what we see daily and the energy component are lesser and not as damaging as the invisible componenets. The ultraviolet-A and B are the most damaging. They are responsible for effects on the skin such as suntan, sunburn and sun damage of the skin.
It is worth noting that the intensity of UV rays increases in the summertime, at higher altitudes above sea level and the closer you get to the equator.
How do you protect your skin from the sun?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you avoid deliberate sunbathing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun-glasses and protective clothing and if you must be in the sun, use a High Quality Special Formulary Sunscreen with a broad spectrum sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 which will afford you special protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The use of sun protection will help protect and prevent skin damage, reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and prevent premature aging of the skin.
These are products in the form of creams, lotions, ointments and gels that are formulated with special ingredients that act as sunscreens in that they tend to absorb, scatter or reflect the sun’s rays on the skin. Especially the UVA and UVB rays. Although all sunscreens are not created equally the best of them are the High Quality Special Formulary Broad Spectrum Sunscreens that provide protection for both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Some also provide protection for just one type of UV rays either UVA or UVB and as such reading the label information and product information is best before making purchasing decisions. They all are labeled with SPF numbers. The higher the SPF number, the greater the degree of protection from sunburn. The broad spectrum sunscreens do the best job of protecting the skin from most of all of the damaging effects of the sun’s rays these will include BEAUTY CLASSICS®
High Quality Pharmacist Formulary Clear Skincare Sunscreens SunSkinPlex™.
The mode of application of sunscreen can depend on the form of the product used, but generally they should be applied at least 30 minutes before outdoor activities and exposures and reapplied often about every 2 hours. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied as often as possible after swimming.