summer

The ABCs of UV Rays 1

 UVA UVB

We have all heard about the many dangers of the sun’s rays, along with a few benefits (hello Vitamin D!)… but do you know the difference between UVA and UVB rays? Here’s the low down.

UVA rays are always present during daytime hours, even on a cloudy day. They have the ability to penetrate more deeply than UVB rays. Have you ever gotten a suntan through your car window? You can thank UVA rays for that.

The problem with UVA rays is that we can’t always see or feel them. This gives us a false sense of security. Anyone who has gotten the dreaded ski goggle tan knows that looks can be deceiving. It may be cold and cloudy out, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to use sun protection.

UVA rays damage cells deep beneath the surface of your skin. You may not always notice this damage right away; unfortunately, it may become more evident later on in life in the form of sunspots and wrinkles.

UVB rays are not as prevalent as UVA rays; however, they are quite powerful. These rays are more dominant during the summer months when the sun is shining. They are strongest at mid day, making it extra important to protect your skin during this time.

Sunscreens were originally formulated to protect against UVB rays, as these were originally thought to be the most damaging. Now in days most sunscreens are formulated to protect against both UVA an UVB rays. Just check the label for “UVA/UVB” or “broad spectrum” that way you know you are covered (literally). We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

For more information on the sun’s rays, potential sun damage, and sun safety please check out the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.

Summer Skin Care 0

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It’s official… summer has ARRIVED! That means sunshine, BBQs, beaches, and for some… sunburns! Today the sun will reach its highest point in the sky at 10:04 pm PST. [This is the summer solstice and marks the official start of summer.] Summer is many peoples’ favorite time of the year, however, it is also the season when most aging happens. Summer weather, suntans and burns, humidity, salt water and chlorine can all wreak havoc on our skin. Summer is the perfect time to pay special attention to your skin care routine.

Make sure to keep your skin moisturized from both the inside and out. Drink plenty of water and use a quality moisturizer twice a day. We like Skin Medica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. It contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of vitamin C which helps to fight free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally found in the body and helps the skin retain moisture.

The most important part of your summer skin care routine is SPF! We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. *Studies have shown that 78% of sun damage is incurred from incidental exposure, this means while walking to and from your car, running errands, and even while driving. This makes it extremely important to wear sun protection on a daily basis and reapply often. If you keep these key skin care tips in mind there is no reason not to get out, have fun, and enjoy the sun. Happy summer!

* This study was performed by the UCLA Skin Research Department