The sun causes radiation exposure due ultraviolet rays. Chemical reactions happen in the skin with permanent damage. The effects get worse over time. However, there are sunscreen options that can protect the skin. “SPF” stands for “Skin Protection Factor”. It is very important to use SPF sunscreen that blocks against both UVA and UVB rays because these are linked with skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.
Generally the higher the SPF number, the more protection it provides. However, not all SPF formulas are the same and none of them provide 100% protection. Sunscreen must be used in combination with hats, clothing, and minimizing outdoor sun exposure during the midday to have the most effect. Sunscreen does wear off after 2 hours of use due to sweat and absorption. It must be reapplied often on all areas of the body that come in contact with sunlight. You should talk with your Doctor and Cosmetologist regarding which SPF formulations are best for your skin. This will help to prevent moles, sunspots, and wrinkles and keep you looking young and healthy!