As the weather warms, we gravitate outside to enjoy the sunshine. It’s a fact that the sun is good for us, but sun exposure can be harmful to our unprotected skin. Sunburns, dehydration, leathery skin from over tanning and skin cancer are all concerns from too much sun exposure.
The sun has two forms of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage our skin.
UVA is long ultraviolet rays, and UVB is short ultraviolet rays. UVA rays get further under your skin and can cause premature aging and wrinkling of your skin. Someone who spends most of their day outside in the hot sun may develop leathery skin with dark patches from overexposure to the sun.
UVB rays don’t go as deep as UVA, but they’re more harmful and the primary cause of sunburns which can lead to skin cancer.
It’s a fact that most people do not get enough vitamin D, and supplements aren’t always the most effective way to get the necessary amounts of the essential nutrient. But, 15 minutes of bare skin exposed to the sun will provide the daily recommended amount of vitamin D.
Any longer period of time in the direct sun overrides the benefits of the vitamin D your skin absorbs.
If you plan on spending more than fifteen minutes in the direct sun, you should protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen.
There are two types of products on the market; sunscreen and sunblock. Sunscreen protects from UVA rays and sunblock protects from UVB.
Find a sunscreen product that contains both. It should be between 15 and 30 SPF (sun protection factor). For fair skin, you should use 30 to 50. SPF only measures protection from UVB rays, not UVA, and anything over 50 doesn’t offer much additional protection.
Just like any other skin care product, not all sunscreen lines are created equal. Look at the first few ingredients. If it contains paraben or other petroleum-based products, we know they aren’t good for your skin.
At Jivana, we recommend the organic Coola sunscreen products. They all offer broad-spectrum protection (both UVA and UVB) and are made with quality ingredients with antioxidants and active plant cultures.
Jivana Green Spa & Salon carries the full line of mineral-based Coola sunscreen products. Stop in today for a 15% discount on all our Coola products through the end of July.