Sun’s out, summer’s officially here and it is the season for beach vacations and lots of outdoor activities. Don’t just focus on the fun and forget protection! Everyone should be prepared and well-protected, wearing sunglasses, hats and most importantly sunscreen. There are so many products out there in the market, how do we choose the correct type for us?
Reading the label
Seen SPF, PA ++++ and wondered what they were? Confused by the numbers? Learning how to read the label of your sunscreen would be helpful in determining if it is the right one for you. SPF (sun protection factor) determines the level of protection the product has from UVB rays (the short wave from the sunlight which burns the top layers of our skin) and PA (Protection Grade of UVA rays) will tell you how much it protects you against UVA (the long wave ultraviolet rays which harms and penetrates deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer).
If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, the SPF factor will tell you how many times it can shield your skin from burning –for example if the product is of SPF 20, it will keep your skin protected for approximately 200 minutes. PA will determine the amount of protection from the strong UVA rays, where PA+ offers the lowest level of strength and PA+++++ offers the highest.