UNDERSTANDING UV RAYS
- The sun’s UV radiation exists in three wavelengths called UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays don’t penetrate through the earth’s atmosphere, so let’s just worry about UVA and UVB 🙂
- UVB rays are those that penetrate the top layer of your skin and cause burning – UVA rays are those that penetrate deeper into the skin and cause aging. ‘SPF’ protects you against UVB rays, while ‘Broad Spectrum’ protects you against UVA rays. Make sure your choice of sun lotion protects against both these types of sun rays!
- While we all need and seek the sun so that our bodies can produce that oh-so-loved Vitamin D and our brains produce that happy hormone serotonin, we have to be careful as excessive sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer dramatically. The good news is that we can reduce this risk by 80% simply by regularly using sun care products!
- SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is used to measure how protected you are from UVB rays. SPF indicates how long you can stay in the sun for compared to if you were not wearing any sun protection at all. If your skin tends to start burning (getting red) after 10 minutes in the sun (without any sun protection), then by wearing SPF 30, you would be able to stay out in the sun for 300 minutes (10 x 30) before getting burnt. This of course varies with skin type, intensity of the sun and the amount of sunscreen used, but that is the general rule of thumb.
- It is important to remember that the SPF number does not represent a percentage of protection. E.g. SPF 100 does NOT mean you are 100% protected. In fact, no matter how high the SPF, you are never 100% protected from the sun’s UV rays. So you should always try to combine using sun lotion with other sun protection 🙂
- The SPF figures are not linear – this means that the numbers may make you believe that, the increase in protection from SPF 15 to SPF 30 is not double. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 protects you from 97% of UVB rays (only 4% stronger than SPF 15!), and SPF 50 protects you from 98% of UVB rays.
- The idea of using SPF 50, SPF 75 or even SPF 100 gives you the false impression that is it much stronger than SPF 15 or SPF 30. But the increase in protection from SPF 30 to the above SPF values is less than 1%. Thus, most dermatologists will say SPF 30 is plenty safe!
- Sunscreen’s no.1 myth is that it is only necessary when it’s sunny. But don’t be fooled, the sun’s rays will reach your skin even when it’s cloudy! Don’t freak though – THANK ME LATER incredibly light consistency and non-greasy factor makes it the perfect skin care product to apply anywhere and at any time! It will make sure your skin remains hydrated and nourished with rich natural ingredients and also help avoid sun-induced premature ageing.
- Sunscreen’s no.2 myth is that it will prevent you from getting a nice bronzed color. Wrong. You will still build a tan, it will just be more gradual and last much longer.
MOTHER EARTH ♡
- We need to be aware of the products we choose to use. Scientists estimate that between 4,000 and 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen is washed off beach-goers into the ocean every year. This can have a huge effect on the health of our coral reefs. Be a responsible human and choose non-harmful products. THANK ME LATER doesn’t go anywhere near those nasty chemicals, we love the ocean too much to treat it like that!
- There are many products on our market today that contain toxic chemicals that have extremely harmful effects on the environment. In sunscreens in particular, four chemicals have been identified that even in tiny doses, kill coral and cause bleaching. Always make sure you choose products that don’t jeopardize the health of the environment.
- The four main ingredients that have shown to contribute to coral bleaching include: Oxybenzone, Butylparaben, Octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor.
- It is scientifically proven that sunlight brightens your mood. Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin levels in the brain. Sunlight is therefore the easiest anti-depressant you will find! Peeling on a romantic getaway or before a big day will definitely dampen your mood though, so stay protected and #thankmelater.
- Everyone’s skin is different; some are more sensitive than others. Make sure you know your skin and limits, and treat it accordingly! Any fair and freckled cuties will be more prone to sunburn, so should be extra careful! 🙂