Learn more about the damage that the sun could have on your skin and how to prevent further damage for naturally radiant and younger looking skin.
The sun is really far away; almost a hundred and fifty million kilometers. If you started driving there in your car right now at 200km per hour, it would take you over 85 years to reach your destination. And yet radiation from the sun makes that trip in 8 minutes.
This radiation is the result of a nuclear reaction that sees the sun use up millions of tons of Hydrogen every minute. The atmosphere does a good job at protecting us from higher energy radiation, but UVA and UVB (harmful waves that reach the Earth’s surface that can damage our skin), still manage to get through.
While UVB was once thought to be the main concern, UVA accounts for up to 95% of the UV radiation that reaches our skin, penetrating the superficial layers.
Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) make up the majority of the sun’s natural light. These type of rays can infiltrate deep into the skin, causing wrinkles and premature aging.
Meanwhile, Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are the primary cause of sunburns. They are nearly 1000 times stronger than UVA rays.
Both UVA and UVB can cause ‘photo aging’ – the term dermatologist’s use for aging caused by the sun. This particular type of damage to your skin affects its ability to repair itself, causing your skin to look older than it truly is.
Beneath the skins surface, the sun’s rays can cause damage to our skin’s DNA, which can lead to skin cancer. According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every three cancers diagnosed worldwide is a form of skin cancer and 80-90% of these diagnoses are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
It’s important to protect yourself from sun damage by using an SPF formula. As a rule, take the number of minutes you can stay in the sun and multiply it by the SPF number.
So, if you normally burn after 20 minutes, the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 should help protect you for up to 5hrs in the sun.
And whether you have fair skin, an olive complexion or a darker skin tone, preventative measures should never be an afterthought. All in all, the risk of UV radiation is the same for all skin types.
According to the World Health Organization, it is a popular misconception that only fair skinned individuals should be concerned about overexposure to the sun. The risk is equally the same for those with darker skin pigmentation.
Despite your best efforts, a painful sunburn can quickly become a reality. To heal your discomfort and reverse the damage, here are some cures that can lend a helping hand:
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