The Importance of SPF
Sunscreen is super important, especially during the hot summer months. Sunscreen keeps UVA and UVB from damaging your beautiful skin. When you end up with that itchy, burny sunburn, that’s from UVB. Meanwhile, UVA has even worse, long-term effects like wrinkling and premature aging.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. They numbers that come along with the SPF measure that specific sunscreen’s effect against those horrible UVB rays and the length of time you can be in the sun before you can start to burn. Those numbers can start as low as 2 and go as high as 70.
SPF offers more protection from the sun’s harmful UV radiation, which has been linked to the majority of skin cancers along with premature skin aging and eye damage.
Skin damage from the sun can occur whether you burn or not, just because you are constantly in the sun. It was found by the Melanoma Foundatio that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point of therir life due to the ammount of sun exposure they received. Skin cancer is the second most common cancer for women, especially those around their twenties.
SPF is a necessity during the summer but it’s just as important every other day of the year. Ultraviolet rays are just as harmful during those cold, winter months as they are during the summer.