UVA & UVB Rays - is sunscreen enough to protect our skin?

Beauty Secret #3 is to protect your skin - but what are we protecting our skin from? You've undoubtedly heard about UVA and UVB rays. Do you understand the difference between them? Does it even matter? And what about electronic devices? Is it true or just a myth that screen time can cause premature aging and possibly even skin cancer? 

We'll cover all of these topics in this week's blog! 


Beauty Secret #1 - Getting Enough Sleep

Beauty Secret #2 - Staying Hydrated


UVA & UVB Rays - is sunscreen enough to protect our skin? - Episode #34


What are we protecting our skin FROM:
dangers of UVA & UVB

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Beauty Secret #3

Protect Your Skin

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is known to have detrimental effects on the skin, accelerating the aging process and increasing the risk of various skin conditions. While we commonly associate UV rays with the sun, it's important to acknowledge that electronic devices also emit UV rays. In this article, we will explore the aging effects of UVA and UVB rays, and shed light on how electronics contribute to UV ray exposure.

Understanding UVA & UVB Rays

Ultraviolet radiation consists of UVA and UVB rays, both of which have distinct characteristics and varying effects on the skin. UVA rays, with longer wavelengths, penetrate deep into the skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots. On the other hand, UVB rays have shorter wavelengths and primarily affect the outer layers of the skin, causing sunburns and contributing to the development of skin cancer.

The sun's role

The sun is the primary natural source of UVA and UVB rays. Prolonged exposure to sunlight without adequate protection, especially during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm), can result in significant skin damage. Sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF), protective clothing, and seeking shade are crucial in minimizing the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. Other suggestions are using a broad-brimmed hat, a beach umbrella, and sunglasses.

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Electronics & UV Rays

In the modern digital era, electronic devices play an integral role in our daily lives. However, what many people are unaware of is that these devices emit UV rays, albeit in lower quantities compared to the sun. The screens of smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions emit UVA rays, which can penetrate the skin and contribute to skin aging.


Protecting your Skin

To mitigate the aging effects of UVA and UVB rays, both from the sun and electronic devices, it is crucial to adopt preventative measures

Wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection: Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it generously to all exposed skin.
Limit sun and screen exposure: Reduce time spent in direct sunlight, especially during peak hours. Take breaks from electronic devices and maintain a healthy distance to minimize UV ray exposure.
Seek shade and wear protective clothing: When outdoors, seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield your skin and eyes from direct sunlight.
Use screen protectors: Apply screen protectors with built-in UV filters to electronic devices to reduce the amount of UVA rays emitted and absorbed by your skin. Also available are computer eye glasses that shield your eyes from UV rays.

Final Thoughts...

Understanding the potential dangers and aging effects of UVA and UVB rays is vital in safeguarding our skin health. While the sun remains the primary source of UV ray exposure, it's crucial to recognize that electronic devices also emit UVA rays that contribute to skin damage and premature aging. By taking necessary precautions, such as using sunscreen, limiting sun and screen exposure, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing, we can minimize the harmful effects of UV rays and maintain healthy, youthful skin in the digital age.


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