Is sunscreen really that important?
We have all been guilty of skipping our sunscreen at one time or another. But sunscreens are very important measures in protecting our skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. While both rays can contribute to skin cancers (UVB more superficial and UVA more basal ), using a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or more also protects against skin damage and premature wrinkling (photo aging).
Which SPF should you use? Quite surprisingly, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 15 provides 93 percent UVB protection, SPF 30 provides 97 percent UVB protection and SPF 50 provides 98 percent protection. It is recommended that if you are sensitive to the sun, taking medications that make you sensitive or undergoing skin care treatments / procedures that make you sun sensitive, you should definitely use a SPF 50 Broad Spectrum sunscreen. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your nearest sunscreen and protect one of your most precious possessions: your skin. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours!