What You Should Know: Protection Against UV Rays!
We come in a range of beautiful shades reflective of the very earth we live on. We all need a ray of protection from the sun regardless of the rumors you may hear out there - especially for those of us who have more melanin; we still need it too!
What is SPF?
Quoted from the FDA website SPF is Sun Protection Factor, " a measure of how much solar energy (UV radiation) is required to produce sunburn on protected skin (i.e., in the presence of sunscreen) relative to the amount of solar energy required to produce sunburn on unprotected skin. As the SPF value increases, sunburn protection increases."
The Misconceptions of SPF.
Some people are under the assumption that SPF relates to time of solar exposure. Apparently, we would be wrong in this assumption. Once we understand the different factors that play a role in solar exposure & its impact on our skin then we can better prepare for them.
"Solar intensity is also related to geographic location, with greater solar intensity occurring at lower latitudes. Because clouds absorb solar energy, solar intensity is generally greater on clear days than cloudy days."
First, understand that solar intensity is different depending on the time of day. Second, in addition to the statement above, skin type, amount of sunscreen applied, & reapplication frequency are factors that influence the amount of solar energy that we could be exposed to. Third, learn to combine your skin protection tactics throughout the year. Through out the year? Yes! We should be using SPF all year around beauties.
How Does It Work?
Some sunscreens come with chemicals that interact with the skin in order to protect it from the sun's rays. They absorb, reflect & scatter sunlight. When looking for a good sunscreen make sure that you shop around. There ingredients in some sunscreens that just do not react well with the skin.
For our all natural lovers, the Cosmopolitan released an article, earlier this summer, that provided a list of sunscreens that are chemical free & mineral based formulas! They sincerely express to be tried, tested! In a future post I will let you know which ones we end up trying leave a our first video post here for you all.
Regardless of the products you choose to use a patch test is a simple & true way to check whether or not you have an allergic reaction to any product. If you are still unsure or have a severe reaction from your patch test, please make sure to contact your doctor.
Introducing SPF into your routine if you have not already is very important. As an individual that has experienced their fair share of skin damage from the sun its always better when possible to play it safe. We all want clean and healthy skin!
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