UVA and UVB light from the sun
Both UVA and UVB rays damage our skin. UVA rays cause ageing, wrinkling and melanoma on our skin, while UVB causes sunburns and cataracts.
An ideal sunscreen will provide protection from both types of radiation in 2 different ways – by absorption to provide a chemical barrier, or by reflection to block UV.
Here are are some quick tips to remember when you’re out in the sun:
- wear broad protection sunscreen of spf 15 or more,
- apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure so sunscreen can penetrate the skin,
- reapply hourly,
- times with maximum uv rays are between 10am ~ 4pm (11am ~ 3pm in winter) so ensure your most diligent with sun protection at these times.
- Stay in shade where possible
- Protect family members, especially younger children – they will thank you when they are older!
To find out more information about sun damage and preventative measures, I recommend Skin Cancer Australia shops. They have the best and most affordable range I have seen – great for when I’m running (they always stay on my head!) and polarized too.
This is a link to their website which provides further details.