The sun is shining (or at least should be!); it’s that time of year. And May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month so all in all, it is time to review sun, UV, sunburn and sunscreen. Here are some tips to help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to this burning topic (no pun intended…)
UVA versus UVB:
UVA rays damage DNA and can lead to skin cancer (the damage is not initially visible to the naked eye), while UVB rays lead to redness and ultimately wrinkles (the visible sunburn effects).
Chemical versus physical sunscreens:
Water-resistant versus waterproof sunscreens:
The sun’s reflective powers are great:
In terms of sunscreens, I particularly love the following:
Armed with the facts and recommendations, you can ensure that you’re adequately protecting yourself from the harmful effects of sun exposure. Remember that you will tan, even if you stay in the shade and wear high SPF sunscreen. You will tan slower, safer, all the while protecting your skin. You earn the skin you’re in, so take good care of it, in particular during these sunny summer months.
Ada Polla is the co-creator of Alchimie Forever. She launched the line and is the driving force behind the business’ development and expansion. Ada is a member of the International Spa Association, as well as a contributor to numerous magazines and a frequent guest speaker at leading universities and industry conferences.