Sunscreen 101

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Summer is just around the corner, which means longer days spent outdoors in the sun. Whether you have a beach trip coming up or you’re just planning to be outside more, be sure to practice sun-safe behaviors like regularly applying sunscreen. Sunscreen is the most important tool at our disposal to help prevent skin cancer. Keep reading to learn more about the power of sunscreen from the team at SomaSou.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen, also known as sunblock or sun lotion, is a topical product for the skin that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. This helps protect your skin from sunburn and prevents skin cancer.

Why do we need sunscreen?

Sunscreen absorbs or scatters UV rays and prevents them from reaching DNA and other skin components that are prone to damage from UV radiation. Basically, sunscreen is the best way to lower your exposure to UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer and sun damage.

Who needs sunscreen?

Literally, EVERYONE needs to wear sunscreen. Men, women, and children over the age of six months should apply sunscreen daily.

What are the different kinds of sunscreen?

There are two main kinds of sunscreen: mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Mineral Sunscreen: Blocks and scatters rays, and blue screen light before they penetrate your skin.
  • Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs UV rays before they damage your skin.
  • Combination Sunscreen: Some sunscreens are available that are a combination of both mineral and chemical sunscreen.

What is SPF?

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is the number you see on different bottles of sunscreen. This number indicates how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin. Essentially, SPF is a measure of how much longer a person can stay in the sun without burning when they are wearing sunscreen. For example, if you use SPF 15, then it would take you 15 times longer to burn than if you had no sunscreen on at all.

Which level of SPF should you use?

Generally speaking, you should apply an SPF sunscreen of at least 15 or higher each day. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then we recommend an SPF of 30 or higher.

How often should you apply sunscreen?

You should get into the habit of applying sunscreen daily in your morning routine. If you are outdoors in the sun often, then you must remember to apply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially if you sweat or swim.

Find Sunscreen at SomaSou

SomaSou is Del Ray’s first MedSpa offering services to help our community regain vitality, strength, and confidence in themselves. SomaSou means “your body,” and we give you options to help you feel confident about it. Start your journey by taking an active role in your well-being and schedule a consultation with us today. For more information about our services and to schedule a treatment, contact us here.

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