Everything You Need to Know About UVA vs. UVB

uva vs. uvb

Summer may just be starting, but UV rays are present all year long. There are many different types of rays in sunlight but the ones most damaging to our skin are ultraviolet rays. There are two types that reach the earth’s surface—UVA and UVB.

There are approximately 500 times more UVA rays in sunlight than UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin and play a greater role in premature aging.

UVB rays are the ones responsible for sunburn. And while UVA rays have an effect, UVB rays play the greatest role in causing skin cancers.

A number between 0-15 is given to cities and areas around the United States to rate the strength of ultraviolet rays and you can find your area’s ultraviolet ray rating through the National Weather Service.

Rating 0-2 is minimal and you can safely be outside up to 60 min without burning. You can still be precautionary by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen especially if you are very sensitive to the sun.

Rating 2-4 is low risk and one can enjoy the sun for up to 45 min without burning.

Rating 4-6 is moderate and you’ve got only 30 min at this index.

If your rating is from 6-10 you can only spend 15 min in the sun safely without burning and at a rating of 10-15, the risk is considered very high. Within 10 min at this index you can burn and you best wear protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and avoid midday sun exposure. 

We recommend applying our PROTECT Sunscreen daily for UVA and UVB protection. 

For after sun we highly recommend RENEW & REPAIR. They help protect DNA from free-radical damage and soothe and regenerate parched and sunburnt skin.

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