Save your summer skin

Stop aging and burning with the right sun protection.

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about sun protection for the largest organ of our body—our skin! There are many types of sun protections on the market. Physical sunblock, chemical sunscreen, natural oils, antioxidants … the list gets exhaustive. On top of that, different sun protection options protect against different ultraviolet (UV) rays. With all of this information to balance, it’s easy to see why so many of us can get confused.

First, let’s understand what, exactly, we’re aiming to protect our skin from. Our sun, in all its warm glory, emits many different waves of light. The two ultraviolet rays that hit our planet are UVA and UVB rays, and these are the rays that stand to damage our skin.

Here’s a quick primer:

  • UVA rays are longer in length and tend to cause premature aging since they reach below the surface of our skin.
  • UVB rays are shorter and tend to cause burning since they only reach superficial layers of our skin. They also play a key role in the development of certain kinds of skin cancer.

An easy way to remember the difference between the two is to think “A for aging” and “B for burning.” So what are your options when it comes to sun protection? Well, just like light, there’s a spectrum. As you compare the differences, remember that blocking UVB rays also blocks your body’s ability to synthesize vitamin D. So if you’re slathering up daily during summer, keep up your D supplementation.

—As published in the May/June 2018 issue of WAC Magazine. Order Spa at the WAC products online using this order form. Read more about sun protection here.

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