- Sunscreen is an important step when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun.
- Always be prepared with SPF and apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.
- Some further preventative steps to protect from the sun include UPF clothing, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun during peak hours.
Summer is the time of year that everyone looks forward to. There’s nothing better than being able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy longer hours of daylight. Along with all these benefits come a few risks, however, especially when it comes to the sun.
UV radiation from the sun can lead to long-lasting skin damage and even cancer if proper preventive action is not taken. There are many steps you can take that can help protect your skin and prevent damage, so follow along for our guide of everything to know about sun protection this summer:
What Are UVA and UVB Rays?
To understand sun protection, it’s important to know how sun rays work. Healthline explains that the sun emits different types of rays, two of which are mostly responsible for causing sun damage: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).
UVA rays can penetrate through glass and tend to be the most harmful since they affect your skin beneath the surface. UVB rays are shorter and can’t penetrate glass, but they can cause sunburns. Because of this, it’s important to ensure your sunscreen says “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” to keep your skin protected from both types of rays.