The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy. But with so many sunscreens on the market, it can be hard to know which one to choose.
The Basics Of Sunscreen
Most people know they should wear sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays. But there is a lot of confusion about sunscreen and how it works. In this article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the basics of sunscreen so you can make sure you’re using it correctly.
Sunscreen is a lotion, cream, spray, or gel applied to your skin to protect it from its ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and other skin damage.
UV Rays And Your Skin
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. UV rays can come from artificial sources like tanning beds and welding torches. UV rays fall into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. These types of UV rays can cause skin cancer:
- UVA rays are the longest wavelength and can penetrate deep into the skin.
- UVB rays are a shorter wavelength and can cause sunburns.
- UVC rays are the shortest wavelength and are filtered by the atmosphere, so they don’t reach the ground.
UV rays can cause several health problems, including skin cancer, eye damage, and immune system suppression. It’s essential to protect yourself from UV rays by using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding artificial sources of UV radiation.
How to Choose the Right Sunscreen
Many different skin care products are on the market these days. Knowing which is suitable for your skin can be tricky with many options. But don’t worry – we’re here to help. This section will give tips on choosing the right skin care product for your skin type.
Restore Your Skin Without Invasive Surgery
Are you concerned about the sun’s effects on your skin? We are here to help treat the damage done as a result of excessive sun exposure and neglect of your skin over time at the BUCAY Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Vivian Bucay, call 210-692-3000 or visit her Sonterra or La Casita offices in San Antonio, TX.