SPF? UVA? UVB? What does it all mean?

Skin damage is caused by exposure to UVA & UVB rays

  • UVA rays cause premature skin aging
  • UVB rays cause sunburns, whether light or dark in complexion
  • Both UVA & UVB rays can lead to cancer

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is how much protection your sunscreen provides against the sun’s harmful UVB rays and sunburn.

Basically, the SPF number (15, 30, etc.) indicates roughly how much longer you can stay in the sun. In other words, if you’re wearing a sunscreen with SPF 15, you can stay in the sun roughly 15 times longer than if you were not wearing any sunscreen before you would get sunburn.

For the most part, anything SPF 15 does a pretty good job of protecting against UVB rays. But, because the SPF only protects against UVB rays, it is important to use broad spectrum sun protection. Regardless of strength, all sunscreens should be reapplied every 90 minutes or so.

There are also factors that affect your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, including age, skin tone and time of year/climate.

Skin Care That Fights the Effects Of The Sun

Did You Know? Peptides boost collagen production and vitamin E can protect the skin against free radicals generated by UV light.

Researchers have found that regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging—the wrinkling and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun.

Increasingly, ‘age prevention’ is not just a concern for baby boomers. A growing number of people in their 20s and 30s are taking care to protect their skin. For some, this starts with using sunscreen, a point underscored by a research report published in Annals of Internal Medicine that found regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging— the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The research project was conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia and is the first study to quantify sunscreen’s anti-aging properties.

If you spend time outdoors during daylight hours, you need to use sunscreen even if you have darker skin pigment or tan easily. Regardless of skin type, the sun’s energy penetrates deeply into the skin, causing damage that may ultimately lead to skin cancer. That’s why it is important to use sunscreen every day and not just when at the beach or active outdoors.

To protect against the aging effects of the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face every day. You don’t have to rely on premium-priced products; there are some really great sunscreens that offer excellent protection available at many drugstores and mass merchants near you.

Not sure what to look for in your sunscreen? Some tips from Ocean Potion®:

  • Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB formula. This will help protect against skin aging and burning caused by the sun.
  • Vitamins! Vitamins! Vitamins! Ocean Potion offers a number of formulas all enriched with antioxidant Vitamins B, C & E that help protect the skin against free radicals generated by ultraviolet light.
  • Look for deep sea minerals, seaweed and algae extracts to protect your skin, and keep it moisturized, nourished and healthy.

Sun protection at the beach has never been easier. New technologies make application a breeze, and sheer, non-greasy lotions and gels glides on easily and absorb quickly, providing a moisture-rich feel and a fragrance that’s the Scent of Sunshine®.

Just by being outside every day, your skin suffers from premature aging, an effect known as photo aging. Now is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful.

A majority of Americans mistakenly believe they receive most of their total lifetime exposure from extended outdoor activities like going to the beach, according to a survey conducted using GfK’s Knowledge Panel.

Protecting skin all over your body, even during the hazy and cloudy days of winter, is crucial.

Most Americans underestimate the damage to their skin from brief daily sun exposure. In fact, fewer than half agree that short exposures to the sun cause a lot of skin damage. But now that you know better, you can make a positive change.

Quick & Simple Tips:

Multi-Functional Skin Care

No matter how much attention you give your face, it is the constant UV damage to the skin on your arms, legs, chest, and hands that can give away your age. A top-notch skincare routine for the entire body is essential.

“Look for a multi-functional sunscreen that has moisturizing properties, plus a good blend of antioxidants, vitamins and broad spectrum protection,” says Dr. Richard C. Kirkpatrick of the Brevard Skin and Cancer Center.

Cover Up

Remember to cover up all the time to protect your skin from the effects of photoaging, even when you’re driving, sitting indoors next to a sunny window or taking the dog for a quick walk.

Healthy Habits

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. Stay hydrated. Eat a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins, such as fish, egg whites and legumes. Get plenty of rest each night.

These habits can help you look and feel your best. While certain resolutions can be difficult to uphold, protecting your skin is a natural everyday priority.