Let's Talk - Sunscreen
Summer is in full bloom and we all like short shorts and summer dresses feel when we go to the beach, park, café or just ridding a bicycle to work.
This is not exactly the post I thought I would ever write, because my blog was suppose to be all about makeup, colors and glitter, but lately I have been hearing, from different people I know, that they do not wear sunscreen when leaving the house, or use olive oil as solar protection at the beach, because they still want to tan.
Things that left me thinking is that people, even after at least 10 years of been bombarded by cosmetic companies, medical champagne and news coverage, with information about damage sun rays can have on skin , do not know the importance of wearing sunscreen.
What is sunscreen?
Sunscreen, also known as sunblock, sun cream or suntan lotion, is a lotion, spray, gel or other type of product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation and thus helps protect against sunburn. Diligent use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles, moles and sagging skin. (source Wikipedia).
You apply masks for your hair, face, hands to make them soft, supple and protect them against damage from pollution, chemical elements, but you do not protect the biggest part of your body, the skin, against sunburn.
We are all different and need different protection against the sun rays, that is why sunscreens have SPF.
What is SPF?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.
The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) scale is not linear:
SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. (source www.badgerbalm.com)
They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. And as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays.
How do sunscreen works?
If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours. No sunscreen, regardless of strength, is expected to stay effective longer than two hours without reapplication.
The "reddening" of the skin is a reaction to UVB rays alone but it tells you little about what UVA damage you may be getting. Plenty of damage can be done without the red flag of sunburn being raised.
What I am trying to tell you, is that you need to do a bit of research and not believe all of the myths out there. It is better to be informed than do some permanent damage to your skin just for a three month tan.
There are so many options out there, cream, gel or spray, water, sweat or sand resistant, to choose from, I am sure you will find the sunscreen that fits you best, so you can enjoy the sun fully. 🌞