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Sun Facts

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What is SPF?01-312ba8a65c

“sun protection factor” – The number found on a sunscreen product label is indicative to the protection against the UVB rays (it causes the burning/colouring) and time spent in the sun. Example: SPF 30, if it takes a person 10 minutes to change colour in the sun: 10 min x SPF 30 = 300 minutes. That is the time you’re allowed in the sun with protection. On condition you don’t wipe, towel, sweat… Re-apply!

UVB

Radiation that is in the region of the ultraviolet spectrum which extends from 280 to 320 nm in wavelength and that is primarily responsible for sunburn, aging of the skin, and the development of skin cancer.

UVA

Radiation that is in the region of the ultraviolet spectrum which is nearest to visible light and extends from 320 to 400 nm in wavelength and that causes tanning and contributes to aging of the skin.

Why do we apply sunscreen?

To help protect our skin from invisible and harmful UVA and UVB rays. The Original SPF 30 & 50 (orange bottles) protects against UVA & UVB. UV_DERM SPF 50 Protects against UVA & UVB and VISIBLE LIGHT (blue & violet light). This can be found in electronic devices like cellphones, computer screens, fluorescent lights. (indoors & outdoors)

Frequency:

 

Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before activities / sun exposure. That ensures the absorption of the sunscreen and efficacy.

Always re-apply sunscreen (useful to apply every 1h30 to 2 hours). SUNSKIN is water resistant, not waterproof.

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The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 2pm

Clouds

90% of the suns rays can still penetrate through clouds. Do not think you are safe from UVA and UVB rays on a cloudy day

Seasons

UV Rays are strongest in Summer but we are exposed to them every day of the year – even in winter!
Reflection

Concrete, sand, water and snow can reflect as much as 85% of the sun’s rays back at you.

Location

UV rays are strongest in higher altitudes and also the nearer you are to the Equator.

Skin Types

The fairer your skin, and lighter your hair and eye colour – the more easily your skin will burn.

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It’s recommended that children younger than 6months  shouldn’t be exposed to UV-rays at all. They should wear protective clothing and be covered. Babies should never be exposed to the sun and children are never too young to wear sunscreen. Frequent application of sunscreen is best.

Clothing and fabrics

Added protection of body swimsuits, long sleeved shirts and hats are recommended. Fabrics that are loosely woven, see-through or wet provide less protection against the sun. Some fabrics and swimsuits now have UVP (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) labels. These fabrics offer more protection.

Medication, medical conditions and the skin

Exposure to the sun while on medication or after surgery can affect your skins response to the sun. If you are unsure – please consult your medical practitioner before sun exposure

Vitamin D

One can get enough Vitamin D with the correct diet and by taking supplements. The risk is too high with UV exposure.

 

 

 

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