It’s no secret among scientists that skin cancer is on the rise in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute, the melanoma rate has more than tripled since the 1970’s. The numbers are staggering. This year alone, nearly 90,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in American adults.
What in the world is UVA and UVB? How do they affect us? And why should I care? We’re going to break down this confusing topic so you can stay informed and spend your time under the sun with confidence.
So what is the relationship between our skin and ultraviolet light? Can melanin be considered a natural sun protection ? How sun protection and melanin are linked? And to what lengths do our bodies go to absorb the effects of harmful radiation?
Love the sun? Hate the sun? Whatever you do, you have to respect the sun. This means being mindful of incidental sun exposure throughout your day. Incidental, or unexpected, non intentional and sporadic exposure to the sun accounts for about 80% of our total sun exposure, and it’s responsible for most of our photoaging that occurs.
It’s time to shed some light on SPF! The highly misunderstood SPF rating, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, is a way of measuring how well sunscreen protects the skin from UVB rays—the rays that lead to blistering sunburns and sometimes even skin cancer.