Slathering yourself in sunscreen on sunny days

By: Sue Dewes

As we are approaching warmer days we get all enthused to get outside, into the garden, for a walk, or to the beach.

What we also do is start applying sunscreen on hot, sunny days.

A good sun protection should include three main ingredients to give good protection and repair – a broad-spectrum chemical and physical block with antioxidants for repair.

UVA is what we call our aging ray as it is the same wavelength summer and winter penetrating our skin, whether the sun is shining or not.

UVB on the other hand is known as our burning ray. So that is when we see the sun, feel
it on our body and it triggers us to apply sunscreen. In summer, UVB rays are longer so they penetrate our skin; they are shorter in winter.

Hence when we talk about applying sunblock all year round, this is to avoid the damage caused by UVA predominantly.

Thus we have a chemical and physical block. This is to both help reflect and absorb the UV rays to help stop them penetrating our cells.

Antioxidants in a sun protection are great to help counteract the cellular change (free radicals) caused by exposure to the sun, and cell damage.

Depending on the delivery system, the amount of other ingredients increase just to stabilise the UV protection, increasing more free radicals in the skin requiring more antioxidants.

Regular applying a good sunscreen is just so important all year round!

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