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How To Know You’ll Look Your Best In Any Weather

This is why we wear sunscreen, to protect against the sun’s harmful rays — and we’re taking that knowledge and showing you how to use it to look better.

In order to truly understand the importance of sunscreen, it’s important to first understand the difference between ultraviolet and infrared radiation. UVA is the visible portion of the spectrum, and is responsible for redness and skin sunburn. UVA penetrates deeply into the skin; it is what causes sunburns to appear in the first place.

IR is the part of the spectrum that is responsible for damage to the cells that make up the skin, especially when UVB and UVA rays combine to produce UVB-IR, which is where the UVA and IR rays from sunlight is most lethal to the human eye when we stare at the sun. The only reason you would need to worry about the UVB-IR component of ultraviolet radiation is if you get hit with UVA rays first.

What sunscreen should you use? As we’ve already discussed, the ideal sunscreen for men is a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, which protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while blocking UVB-IR, making it a better choice than a chemical sunscreen. The main benefit to chemical sunscreens is that they contain chemicals that stop skin from repairing itself after exposure to UVB. If you don’t care so much about your skin, choose a mineral sunscreen with a high SPF and high SPEED rating.

What if a UVB storm is affecting me? If a storm is causing you extreme amounts of UVA rays, you may want to invest in a broad spectrum SPF 70 or higher sunscreen in order to protect yourself from damaging rays. If you don’t have sun protection measures available to protect yourself from the damage that UVA and UVB rays do, a water resistant cream in the SPF 30 range to be used after your makeup has been applied will help to protect your skin from damage. However, the main concern with wearing a high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen is that it may increase the risk of premature aging of your skin.

How do you use a sunscreen during the summer? During the summer months, it’s best to use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or greater, which will protect your skin from getting too much UVA and UVB rays without covering your skin from the sun’s harmful UVB-IR rays. This is because if you need to go outside during the daytime, you’ll be risking damaging your skin. It’s best to take advantage of the best time to spend in the sun — in the late afternoon or early evening, before that sun drops out.

When it’s not okay to wear sunscreen? It’s important to remember that, according to Skin Cancer Foundation, “even though it’s good to protect against UVB rays, it’s also important to take care of the UVC rays that can damage your skin.”

Skin Cancer Foundation also encourages you to follow the “No Sun” rule. The rule states that “you should never stare straight into the sun.”

When will sunscreen become a factor in my skin’s appearance? As time goes on, you should start applying sunscreen on your body as well as your face, hands, and feet, which will protect your skin from exposure to damaging UVB rays, especially during the summer months. Even though sunscreen has been proven to prevent skin cancer, it may not stop aging of the skin. While we’ve covered the importance of sunscreen, you still have to look after your skin.