There’s nothing quite like a sun-kissed glow. However, if you’re trying to turn into a bronzed babe sans sun protection, you may want to rethink that decision. The sun emits multiple kinds of harmful rays, the main two to reach the Earth’s surface being UVA and UVB, both of which take a toll on the skin in different ways.

To put it simply, UVA causes ageing while UVB causes burning.

UVA rays penetrate the skin, and according to studies, the skin’s elastic fibres that maintain firmness become damaged. In the long run, this leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, which translates to premature ageing signs. On the other hand, UVB rays do not penetrate the skin as deeply, instead burning the top layers of skin with prolonged exposure. So when you get a sunburn, it’s because of UVB rays.

Another thing to generally keep in mind is that UV rays are capable of penetrating through just about anything like clouds or umbrellas, while also able to bounce/reflect off glass. In general, garments provide SPF 2 protection, so regardless of how sunny or cloudy it is, it’s still essential to wear sunscreen.

Even if using sunscreen regularly has never been a habit, remember that it’s better late than never! Start now, and prevent any further cumulative and irreversible damage to your skin.

Being disciplined is key. Especially if you love being in the sun, chasing rays and getting tanned. Keep the tips below in mind:

  • Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours. Especially if swimming or perspiring.
  • Even if you feel you won’t be out for long, sunscreen is still a must as UV rays travel through windows, clouds and clothing.
  • Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for sufficient protection.
  • Make sure to use sufficient sunscreen.
  • For full spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, opt for a sunscreen that offers PA protection besides SPF.

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