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July 03, 2024


Ultimate Guide to Sun Protection

Whether you’re heading to the beach, hiking in the mountains, or just sitting poolside, protecting your skin from the sun is crucial.

UVA vs. UVB: What’s the Difference?

Both types of ultraviolet radiation can harm your skin, but they affect it in different ways.

Ultimate Guide to Sun Protection
Difference between UVA and UVB

UVB Rays: UVB rays are the main culprits behind sunburns. They damage the skin’s outer layers and are a significant risk factor for skin cancer

UVA Rays: UVA rays are primarily responsible for skin aging. They penetrate deep into the skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays can penetrate glass, so you’re exposed to them even when you’re indoors or driving. That’s why it’s essential to wear sunscreen every day, even if you’re indoors

How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen?

Applying sunscreen once in the morning is not enough to protect your skin throughout the day. Here are some key tips on how to use sunscreen effectively:

Apply Generously
Most people don’t use enough sunscreen. Aim to use at least one ounce (about a shot glass full) to cover your entire body.

Reapply Regularly
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Even water-resistant sunscreens need to be reapplied after being in the water.

Don’t Forget the Details
Pay attention to often-missed spots like the tops of your ears, back of your neck, and the tops of your feet.

Our Top Sunscreen Recommendations

At U Med Spa, we recommend dermatologist tested sunscreens with strong protection against both UVA and UVB rays

Sunscreen recommendations

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum
This one is a classic that is widely loved – it blends easily, leaves no white cast, and is not greasy

SunBetter Tone Smart
SunBetter adapts to your skin tone and acts as a tinted primer or a light foundation in addition to providing excellent sun protection. This makes it easy to reapply on top of makeup