You have probably heard hundreds of times in your beauty salon that you should use SPF but do you really know why? Is it just a selling trick to make us buying more sunscreens or really a thing we should worry about?
Let's begin with some facts.
Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet radiation. It consists of UVB and UVA rays. UVBs are short waves that cause skin tanning or sunburn if in excess. UVAs are long waves that can penetrate deeper into the skin and cause damage such as photo ageing and pigmentation. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer.
- 1 in 5 people will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. It's the most common form of cancer in Ireland and it concerns both women and men.
- 80% of all skin ageing can be attributed to UV exposure.
Are you shocked by this numbers? I was, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of sun exposure.
Follow the SUN Smart code:
- Seek shade
- Protect your skin with clothing (any clothing will reduce the UV but also you can look for clothes with SPF label, made from a new lightweight fabric with special coating absorbing UV)
- Wear hat and sunglasses labelled with UV protection
- Use UVA and UVB Sunscreen. Use it often and in large quantities. Make sure that sunscreen is not out of date and was kept in a cool place.
- Protect your children from UV damage
More about the correct usage of SPF and how to choose the right one for yourself in our next blog.
Take care, Ella x
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