Most of us now understand that it is both wise and necessary to take all possible steps to protect our skin from the sun's rays. Even if it is a cloudy day then you need to protect yourself as up to 80% of UVA and UVB rays can pass through and can cause sunburn on unprotected skin.
Understanding what the different kinds of rays are and how they can damage your skin is a very important step in learning how you can protect yourself against skin damage and skin cancer.
UV radiation is a form of natural energy that is produced by the sun. You cannot see UV rays but your skin can feel it and this is what causes your skin to burn and change colour. There are two kinds of UV rays, Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) and whilst they both have negative effects on the skin, they behave in different ways.
UVA has a longer wavelength and it ages your skin, causing it to be saggy, wrinkly, and encourages the appearance of fine lines. UVB has a shorter wavelength and is the ray that is responsible for burning the skin, causing redness, pain, and itching.
Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB damages the DNA that is present in your skin cells and can create a range of issues including mutations that can in some cases lead to skin cancer. These rays can also damage your eyes and eyelids and basically any part of your body that they come into contact with.
When it comes to protecting your skin, it is best to use a natural sunscreen that is free from chemicals and artificial ingredients. Whilst all sun cream in the UK must adhere to stringent safety requirements, concerns have been raised over some of the chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate which can have unpleasant side effects. In addition to this, these ingredients and others can aggravate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, leaving your skin suffering.
If you want to protect your skin the natural way, this is the section for you. We will delve into natural ingredients that provide sun protection and can heal sunburn, as well as other precautions you can take to protect you and your skin
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