UVA rays and UVB rays are the sun rays that cause skin cancer, aging of the skin, wrinkles and other problems. There are several important ways to protect your skin from these harmful rays:
- Sunscreen: Choose sunscreens that say “broad-spectrum”. Also choose one’s that have a sun protection factor (spf) of 15 or greater. Apply 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours that you remain outdoors.
- Protective clothing: wear long sleeves, pants, hats, sunglasses and collars when you can.
- Shade: seek shade as much as possible, it won’t completely protect you, but it will help. Ultraviolet rays are present on cloudy days too, so make sure you are protected.
Positive Tip: Don’t be afraid to enjoy the sun–just remember to use protection–and don’t overdose on it!