Why Should I Use A Tinted Sunscreen?
We can’t deny that summertime is a blast – it brings outdoor activities, vacations, and the kids are out of school. It’s quite challenging, actually impossible, to stay indoors and avoid the sun all season long. Therefore, it’s vital to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the harmful effects of the sun. Keep in mind that we need protection at all times, not only while we are having fun in the sun.*
How does the sun affect us?1
There are three types of rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVA rays are long wavelength (320-400 nm) and are present year-round, accounting for up to 95% of the solar UV radiation reaching the surface of the earth. They can penetrate glass and clouds, and in certain times of the year, can be 30-50 times more dominant than UVB rays.
UVB rays are mid-range wavelength (290-320 nm) and do not penetrate glass. Their intensity varies from time of year, time of day, and location. In the US, they are most prevalent from April to October, between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Both UVA and UVB cause harmful effects to the skin such as sunburn, wrinkles, dark spots, and other skin changes. They also increase the risk of skin cancer.
UVC rays have the shortest wavelengths (less than 290 nm). They do not affect skin because they are absorbed by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth.
What is tinted sunscreen and what can it do for me?
Tinted sunscreen is a sunscreen product that combines a colored-base with UV protection. As complexion-enhancers, they are able to give your skin a healthy glow while helping to protect your skin from the sun. This two in one benefit allows you to cut back on your getting-ready time. Like all sunscreens, they should be applied generously and reapplied every 2 hours, and after swimming or sweating!
Obagi's Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreens provide skin protection against UVA and UVB radiation plus infrared defense, which helps to buffer the skin from heat-derived oxidative stress. They are available in Cool and Warm shades for different skin tones. The Cool shade is recommended for pale, fair skin with blue, red or pink undertones. Warm is recommended for darker complexions with yellow, gold or olive undertones. This tinted sunscreen is sheer, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free. Click here to see which physicians near you carry Sun Shield Tint, and find out which shade is right for you.
Tip: Keep an extra one in your purse or beach bag to ensure this must-have item is always within reach. Enjoy and have fun!
- Shining Light on Ultraviolet Radiation. Skin Cancer Foundation website. http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/shining-light-on-ultraviolet-radiation. Accessed July 5, 2016.
*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.
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