Sun protection is the most important step anyone can do to delay or reduce the signs of premature aging. Nothing else you can do even comes close.
Although the message to wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine, is already clear, many are still unaware of the damaging effects if they choose to skip a day here or there. In fact, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Below are fast facts about how sun exposure accelerates skin aging.
- Ultraviolet radiation is broken into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and influence the occurrence of premature skin aging and skin cancer. UVA rays account for 95 percent of the ultraviolet radiation (always present in all times of the day) that penetrates the earth. However, they are less intense than UVB rays, which cause sunburn.
- Altitude increases the damage from sun exposure. A 4 percent increase of the sun’s potency occurs for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude. All the more reason to lather on sunscreen before skiing or climbing!
- A sunscreen’s SPF (sun protection factor) indicates how long you can stay in the sun without being burned when using the product, not how long it would take your skin to redden without using the product.
- Applying sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outdoors is generally recommended.
- Sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are ideal for individuals with sensitive skin issues such as rosacea.
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