Although nothing beats the feeling of the warm sun on your skin, it’s important to make sure that you and your loved ones are protected during these carefree summer days. With further research showing that we need to be mindful of UVA and UVB rays, it’s important to get educated and stay safe during your beach days and backyard BBQs.
So, first things first: What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
UVA is the dominant tanning ray, whether from the sun or a booth. And although you might feel like your bronze look gives you a healthy glow, the reality is that your skin is darkening because it’s producing melanin to try to stop further UV penetration into the skin cells. UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been considered a culprit for skin aging and wrinkling, but more recently UVA has been noted as a factor–and an initiator–in skin cancer development.
UVB rays, which are responsible for skin reddening and sunburn, tend to damage the skin’s outermost layers, and also play a key role in the development of wrinkles and skin cancer.
But fortunately you don’t have to totally avoid the beach or your backyard to stay protected from the sun. By following these helpful tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation and using some of Rio’s trusted sun care products which are recommended by the Skin Care Foundation, you’re guaranteed to keep your family healthy and happy all year round.
- Use a UVA/UVB sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher daily every day–not just when you’re planning to be in the sun. And if you do plan on being outside, use a water-resistant UVA/UVB sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, or make sure you have a protective summer shade like Rio’s Personal Canopy Sunblock or one of our beach umbrellas.
- Don’t allow your skin to be exposed to the point where it is burned.
- Cover up when you’re in the sun. This can include a broad-brimmed hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, or Rio’s Extreme Shade Total Sun Block 9′.
- Apply 1 ounce (roughly 2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and be sure to reapply every two hours (or sooner if you’re swimming or working up a sweat).
- Keep your kids protected. Newborns should stay out of the the sun and sunscreen should be used on all children older than six months. Portable sun shelters are a great way to keep kids protected while enjoying some time outside together.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month, and be sure to see your doctor for an annual skin exam.