• UVA and UVB Rays! Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin

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    These days, there are an overwhelming number of sunscreens. Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin can be difficult, to say the least. There are several factors to consider when choosing sun protection products.

    First, learning about ultraviolet rays is essential. Ultraviolet rays are damaging to the skin, and are delineated by Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) and Ultraviolet B rays.

    UVA are constant and is not affected by window glass, altitude or weather changes. These rays cause wrinkles and penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. UVA rays are 20 TIMES more abundant than UVB rays!

    UVB rays, on the other hand, cannot pass through window glass. These are the rays that cause tanning and sunburn. These are also the rays that help the body make Vitamin B. UVB rays are manipulated by time of day, season, and altitudes.

    While UVB rays are less problematic for the skin and body than UVA, these rays can cause skin cancer and damage to the eyes.

    So, when choosing a sunscreen, which to choose? In general, sunscreen is measured by SPF (sun protection factor). SPF 15 will block 93% of the UVB rays, and SPF 30 will block 97% of the UVB rays. SPF 50 will block 98%, but the 1% difference is substantial, particularly for fair skin. Sunscreens that also block UVA rays are marked as “broad-spectrum.” This is very important to remember, because if you desire to help eliminate UVA and UVB rays, you must choose a product listed as “broad spectrum!”

    Screen shot 2016-06-20 at 9.41.46 AMFor more information about preferred brands, or consultation with a SpaLaDonna esthetician regarding your skin type, or how to achieve a safer summer tan, contact SpaLaDonna at:

    256.353.3807 or online at SpaLaDonna.com

    Spa LaDonna serves the Decatur, Madison, and Huntsville areas.

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