It’s almost summer time and we all must protect our skin from harmful UV rays otherwise we risk to get premature wrinkles or even sunburns. But how do I choose the right skin or hair care product providing the best UV protection? Are sun blocks and sunscreens equally effective against damaging UV radiation? What’s behind the SPF rating?
Many people do not differentiate between a sunscreen and a sun block. Sun blocks are opaque and you basically cannot see skin through them. They block harmful UV rays from penetrating into your skin. Sunscreens are transparent and their two main functions are to protect your skin from sunburns and to absorb UV rays. If you use a sunscreen, then remember to re-apply it every two hours, especially if you’re exposed to sunlight a lot, for example, at the pool or on the beach.
Girls love to wear their hair down in summer but hardly any uses a sun protection spray for her hair. Skin cancer has nothing to do with hair, so, you might wonder what can happen to your hair while under the sun? Well, harmful UV rays can damage your hair as much as hair bleaching does! Leaving your hair unprotected when in the sun can result in:
- split ends - faided color - dry & frizzy hair - partial hair loss, in extreme cases.
Remember, the longer your hair is, the older it is and thus it needs to be taken good care of, especially in summer. Sun protection sprays need frequent application but they are really effective against the harmful rays of the sun.
As you know, SPF stands for sun protection factor and it ranges from 15 to 50. The SPF number shows how long you can stay in the sun before you get sunburns. A person can stay 10 minutes out in the sun without getting sun burnt and if you multiply 10 by 15 (if you use a sunscreen with SPF 15) you’ll be able to stay 150 minutes in the sun with no danger for your skin.
Most people are best off with SPF 30, and babies – with SPF 50, as their skin is really sensitive.