Part 1: Time to Soak up some UV Facts
With the amount of information about sun protection out there, it is mind boggling to think people are not doing everything they possibly can to protect their skin. There are a lot of sun myths, and we all have a hard time separating wrong from right. Luckily, the team at SunZee is here to help put things straight!
A lot of questions sent to us have to do with those sometimes confusing UV rays. What is the UV spectrum? Which of the UV rays are bad for me?
So here are the basics on the different kinds of UVs.
There are three types of UV radiation which are harmful to our skin. One of them though, UVC, is thankfully absorbed in our atmosphere so it is not a risk for us currently… Global Warming though…
The other two are a concern for us, UVB and UVA, these two can damage your collagen fibers and lead to the aging of your skin. They are also known to cause melanoma and other types of skin cancers.
Let’s look at UVB first, these rays are the ones with slightly more energy than UVA rays. UVB tends to damage the more superficial epidermal layers of the skin as its radiation cannot penetrate deeper. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, depending on your location and time of day, the intensity of the UVB rays hitting your skin will vary. However these rays are the main cause of sunburn and no matter where you are UVB can burn and damage your skin all year round. This highlights the importance of re-application of sunscreen, something SunZee will allow you to do anytime anywhere.
On the other hand, UVA penetrates the skin more deeply and damages a skin cell called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. These rays don’t actually change the complexion of your skin… so we might be in the sun and think we are safe because we are not burning- but we are actually still very much at risk - yikes! This is where SunZee comes in handy, being on your wrist can remind you to re-apply even though you are not burning. Like a bottle of water can remind you to drink even though you may not feel thirsty.
So next time you’re out and about in the sun remember the following - there is nothing healthy about a tan… tanning is skin cells in trauma trying to protect themselves from cancer… but one damaged cell can start a melanoma growing. For this we recommend you take your trusty companion SunZee and help us help you in the fight against skin cancer.
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The SunZee Team