Exposure to sunlight is important for good health. However, prolonged exposure can cause skin damage, eye damage, and even skin cancer; the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause several kinds of damage. This is true of people of all ages. EltaMD offers several broad-spectrum sunscreens that help lower the risk of developing skin cancer if used along with other sun protection measures.
Two Types of UV Rays
There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. These rays work together to damage your skin but the UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are the main cause of wrinkling, sagging and leathering. The UVB rays affect the surface of the skin and are the main cause of sunburns, tanning and skin cancer. Both UV rays interact with the pigment in your skin called melanin, which tries to protect your skin against sun damage. When the exposure to the sun is more than the melanin can protect, sunburn is the result. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both types of UV rays.
What Does SPF Mean?
Sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of the amount of time your sunscreen will protect you against UVB rays according to Consumer Reports. EltaMD offers SPF products in the range of 30 – 50, which gives more than 95 percent protection for up to 10 hours. The calculation is different for UVA and UVB rays, which is another reason a broad-spectrum sunscreen is your best protection. Tanning beds use UVA rays to darken skin. This change in color is your body’s attempt to reduce further damage to skin cells.
Why Choose EltaMD?
EltaMD offers a line of skin care products that contain the natural compound of zinc oxide. This is one of the best protections from sun damage that is available and greatly reduces the risk of premature aging, hyperpigmentation, loss of elasticity, and skin cancer.
Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential, especially if you enjoy outdoor recreation or spend a lot of your day outside, and you can get sun protection through EltaMD. When you visit us at Sneed MediSpa and Wellness in Memphis, you can learn more about how to enjoy the great outdoors and keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Contact us today to book a consultation.