We all know that wearing SPF products are a must? This article explains what UV, UVA and UVB rays are so you can buy suncare with confidence especially as we go into the high peak summer season. So whether you're having a staycation or a long vacation, here's what you need to know to stay highly protected.
What does UV stand for?
UV stands for Ultra Violet (UV) and refers to the energy produced by the sun. UV rays can also be artificial rays, more commonly seen in sunbeds. There has been a big backlash against sunbeds and that's because the amount of UV rays it gives off is much greater than that of the sun and can increase the risk of premature skin ageing and damaging the skin - in extreme cases can cause skin cancer.
All about UVA
Ultraviolet (UVA) refers to the sun's long-waves. UVA rays penetrate deeper and is a dominant tanning ray that causes skin ageing and wrinkling.
All about UVB
Ultraviolet (UVB) refers to the sun's short-waves and will typically burn the superficial layers of the skin.
What about getting Vitamin D from the sun?
The sun isn't all that bad, it's important for helping to produce Vitamin D on to the skin. Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and it's these essential nutrients that help to keep bones, teeth, muscle nails and hair healthy. So does SPF sunscreens prevent Vitamin D production I hear you ask? There is no evidence to suggest this, even though these Broad Spectrum products filter through UVA and UVB light, some of the suns rays still get through which in turn creates Vitamin D production. If you do have a Vitamin D deficiency or to help maintain Vitamin D levels, take Vitamin D supplements and eat oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and eggs.
Here's a rundown of my favourite Broad Spectrum Suncare Solutions:
contains a unique combination of Clarins complexes containing high-level filters and plant-based extracts to provide protection against UV rays and visible signs of photo-ageing.
Shiseido Wetforce Expert Sun SPF30 Ageing Protection Lotion A sunscreen that is boosted by water and perspiration - allowing you to swim, play sport and enjoy the sunshine with confidence. Featuring exclusive-to-Shiseido SuperVeil 360 technology that creates a protective veil over the skin to seamlessly fit the surface like a 2nd skin, protecting at every angle.
Protect Against pollution. Protect Against the sun. Protect Against visible ageing. The first-of-its-kind skin shield to combine pollution and UV protection with our DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen skin.
This revolutionary, ultra-light 100% mineral sunscreen goes beyond just sun protection to shield skin from 5 factors that cause damage every day - UVA, UVB, infrared radiation, blue light from electronic devices, and pollution.