Facts And Myths About Protecting Your Skin

Written by: Vanessa Velasquez, Esthetician

Melanoma is now the most common cancer in women age 25-29 and second only to breast cancer in women 30-34.

TRUE OR FALSE

  • tinted windows keep harmful rays out
  • an SPF of 35 will protect against all harmful rays
  • you don’t have to worry about premature aging if you never burn
  • you don’t need as much protection in the winter months

All are false.

UVB (B-Burning)

  • mostly affect the surface of the skin
  • are the primary cause of sunburns
  • UVB rays do not penetrate windows

UVA (A-Aging)

  • penetrate deep into the skin
  • contribute heavily to premature aging as well as skin cancer
  • up to 90% of skin damage is caused by UVA rays
  • penetrate through windows, tint or no tint

Not tanning or getting sunburned is not a guarantee from the effects of rays that could be harmful and aging. Winter is no protection either. Surprisingly, the sun is closest to the earth during the winter with January 2nd being at its closest!

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide both protect against UVA and UVB rays without irritating the skin. 7% or higher is best! When shopping for sunscreen, read the list of ingredients to make sure these two are listed. Protect your skin all year and don’t forget your neck, chest, and the back of your hands!