Did you know harmful UV radiation from the sun could actually be stronger on a cloudy day? It doesn’t seem logical but it’s true. While complete cloud cover on an extremely overcast day can block the UV rays, the opposite happens on a partly cloudy day. When clouds are broken up allowing some sun to come through, the clouds can amplify the radiation increasing your exposure by up to 25% more than on a clear day.
Another component that contributes to increased exposure to UV rays is altitude. The ozone layer is thinner the higher above sea level you go, with noticeable impact starting at even a few thousand feet. This means that even if you don’t live in a high altitude zone like Denver, Colorado, your skin receives greater exposure on a recreational hike in the mountains or from a day on the ski slopes.
Lastly, don’t assume you can wait until the warmth of summer returns before you worry about sun protection. While UV rays do intensify as the earth rotates and we become closer to the sun, there’s a considerable amount of UV rays reaching us during all seasons. In cooler months, light rays are reflected by water like rain or snow, which amplifies its strength.
How does UV Radiation Harm Your Skin?
UV (ultraviolet) rays are electromagnetic radiation coming from the sun. There are two types: UV-A and UV-B. UV-B rays are stronger, cause sunburn, and are responsible for skin cancers including malignant melanoma. UV-A rays also contribute to skin cancer but not quite as significantly. UV-A rays go deep into your skin and are responsible for causing premature skin aging. In fact, 90% of the visual signs of aging in our skin are due to UV exposure, including thick, leathery skin; discoloration; and lines, sagging, and wrinkles. UV-A rays are believed to be 500 times more prevalent in the atmosphere than UV-B rays.
Sunscreen Every Day
With that knowledge under your belt, it becomes more apparent that the need to wear good sunscreen isn’t limited to sunny, warm weather but should be a part of our skincare routine: sunscreen every day. The American Cancer Association recommends using products containing SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more.
At Organic Elements Spa, we offer several high-quality products that nourish your skin as well as protect it against harmful UV radiation. Our professional staff can help you select the right product for your skin type and specific needs in your quest for sunscreen every day. Here are a few options we have in our boutique:
- Eminence Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30. This product provides lightweight coverage with a matte finish, perfect for those with normal to oily skin.
- Eminence Lilikoi Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 33. Lilikoi is filled with Vitamin C and Vitamin A to nourish your skin while this formula provides sun protection for all skin types.
- Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30. This product protects your skin from the sun while also lightening the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
- Eminence Lilikoi Mineral Sun Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30. This formula is non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Reapply after 40 minutes of water sports or 2 hours of other activity for the best protection.
Contact us today and let us help you find the right products to look and feel your best!