The Importance Of Sun Protection Cream

Health for your skin must always be considered especially when you are out under the damaging rays of the sun. Those who are neither light- nor dark-skinned are more susceptible to being affected by the harmful ultraviolet rays so they must be more wary.

There is a reason behind why the skin gets tanned when exposed to intense heat of the sun. When exposed, the melanin of our skin makes it darker which is the bodies method of natural protection. The formation of melanin varies from one person to another. This is why there are those people whose skin tans faster and darker than those whose skins don’t tan at all. Your location and the type of your skin are factors that affect the level of skin darkening. The nearer you are to the equator,  the more damage the sun can do to your skin. Sun damage shows itseld later in life in the form of age spots, liver spots, and actinic keratoses. An actinic keratosis, if left untreated can develop into skin cancer. This is why it is so important to protect your skin before the damage is done.

Sun protection creams work in various ways for the protection of our skin against the harmful rays of the sun. Physical and chemical sun filters are mixtures on most of the sun protection creams that are out in the market while there are those with just either of the two.

The skin is penetrated by these sun filters and so the rays of the sun are absorbed. The damage is avoided because the harmful rays of the sun do not go through the lower layers of the skin. Damages are avoided through the chemical filters protecting the skin. On the other hand, the rays of the sun are reflected back by the thin membrane that physical filter covers on top of the skin.

Sun protection creams are used as essential guard against ultraviolet type A (UVA) rays as well as ultraviolet type B (UVB) rays. These sun protection creams can also be termed broad spectrum sunscreens. Ultraviolet type B rays damage the skin by burning the epidermis and triggering skin cancer. For the ultraviolet type A rays, they do not burn the skin but they can penetrate it.

SPF or sun protection factor is the one used to determine the capability of the sun protection cream on resisting the harmful UVB rays. However, applying a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor should not let you stay in the sun more because doing so will only lead you to being exposed to more UVA rays. The sun protection cream you are going to purchase must depend on the type of skin you have. Most people can manage application of sun protection cream with an SPF 15.

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