If you’re like us, you have an irresistible draw to the sun. But, as good as it feels, it is not always good for your skin. Every time the sun contacts your skin, it activates your body’s defense system, causing a range of effects, from sunburn, to premature aging, and potentially skin cancer. The damage, however, can be prevented – and your first defense is in understanding the power of the sun.
The sun emits three types of ultra-violet (UV) rays: UVA, UVB and UVC.
Only UVA and UVB rays reach our skin, while UVC rays are absorbed by the atmosphere’s ozone layer.
UVA rays: Long-wave radiation that is the most prevalent and powerful, accessing the deep dermis layer of your skin, causing dark patches, wrinkles, and sagging. Hard to escape, these rays are present all year and can penetrate glass and clouds. Scientist also believe that overexposure may suppress the immune system and the skin’s natural defenses.
UVB rays: short-wave radiation that causes the skin’s immediate response of tanning, burning and freckling. Less potent, these rays only permeate the first layer of skin, the epidermis, but can cause discomfort and long-term damage over time. Exposure to these rays only occurs at the height of the sun’s intensity.
The most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer, surpassing all other cancers combined, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Although sun exposure is inescapable, the sun’s effect is not unpreventable.
Arm yourself with Soleil, more powerful than the sun.