Sun damage FAQ
Updated: Mar 29
What kinds of UV radiation are there?
UV radiation is classified into three primary types: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). These groups are based on the measure of their wavelength. The UV rays that interact with the skin are the UVA and UVB rays
What are the effects of UVA radiation on your skin?
These rays can cause skin cells to age and cause long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they also a role in some skin cancers.
What is the difference between UVA and UVB radiation?
UVB rays have slightly shorter wavelength than UVA rays and therefore interact with the more superficial layers of the skin. They are responsible for a sunburn, a sun tan and certain types of skin cancers.
How can I protect my skin to UVA and UVB radiation?
Broad-spectrum sun protection product helps protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays, also in the winter. Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before exposing your skin to the sun – and reapplied at least every two hours. Physical, or mineral-based, UV ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflects UV rays. Organic sunscreen filters absorb the UV rays.
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