Sun damage is a growing concern in America, but luckily there is quite a lot you can do to protect your skin. Since UV (ultra violet) radiation is to blame for the health problems that result from exposure to sunlight, any tool or technique that blocks the UV rays is an important part of sun care. There is a new trend in clothing that offers sun protection and the advances in sunscreen lotions ensure that you will be able to find a product tailored to your needs. When you begin to shop for the sunny weather, it will be helpful to carry some sun care knowledge into the store with you.
Your best bet for protection from UV rays is to use an SPF sunscreen lotion. The higher the SPF, the greater your protection against sunburn-inducing UVB rays; an SPF of 30 means that it will provide 30 times more protection from the sun than if you didn't wear any sunscreen at all. Although UVA rays do not cause sunburn, they are equally as damaging to your skin. To avoid the effects of both UVA and UVB rays you should look for a sun lotion that advertises broad spectrum protection. When comparing lotions, you should also consider whether you need it to be hypoallergenic, a term indicating a more gentle lotion that is unlikely to clog pores or cause an allergic reaction. Finally, apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before you venture into the sunshine to ensure that your skin has enough time to absorb the lotion.
If you decide that you would like more protection than SPF sunscreen can provide, you should consider UV resistant clothing and accessories. Most materiasl offer very little protection, but UV protective clothing can have a UV factor of 30 and cover most of your skin while remaining cool and comfortable. There are also more traditional methods of sun protection to consider: a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses or an umbrella can offer some degree of protection. Remember that regardless of skin tone or susceptibility to sunburn, nobody can escape the harmful effects of the sun without a little help from sun protection products.