Sun Protection

I know its a bit late in the summer season to be posting about sun protection but this is a topic that is VERY important to me and I think that we should be conscious of sun protection all year long because UV rays are emitted from the sun all year, not just in the summer and not just on sunny days.

First off I want to say that I am by no means an expert on this topic but I have done a lot of my own research on this topic simply because I am very concerned about sun protection. So lets get started!

The first and most basic thing to know about the sun rays is that they emit ultraviolet radiation (UV), which causes premature aging, cancer and damage to the eyes. This is why it is necessary to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.

The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sunburns while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, causing premature aging (such as wrinkles and age spots) and cancer. So its UVA for Aging, UVB for Burning (at least thats how I remember it!).

To protect yourself from UV radiation sunscreen is a must! At the very least, SPF 15 sunscreen should be worn on the face, neck, and backs of hands on a daily basis, even in the winter or on cloudy days. Remember to use broad spectrum sunscreen to protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be worn no matter what your skintone is. Although darker skin tones are less susceptible to skin cancer, they are still at risk.

On sunny days spent outside such as on a beach day, at least SPF 30 should be worn on all exposed areas of the body. Don't forget to apply to the feet, hands, and backs of knees, and reapply throughout the day. Lip balm with SPF should also be worn. Sun burn on lips really hurts!

For additional protection from the sun wear a hat to protect your face and scalp, and sunglasses with 100% UV protection to protect your eyes. I know a lot of this seems like common sense but so many young people neglect many of these things and they regret it when they are older!

Tan safely with gradual sunless tanners to achieve a safe and healthy glow! They are so many great sunless tanning products available now that are easy to use without turning streaky and orange, which is great unless you're going for the Snooky look!

This post is meant to compliment a video that I made concerning sun protection where I share some of my favorite sunscreens and products for achieving a sexy glow and tan safely. Check that video out here!

Phoof! That was a lot of writing! Hope you found some of this information useful, I tried to summarize as much as I could so that it wasn't too boring! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Have a beautiful day!

XOXO, Caitlin


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