We are often exposed to the sun for several hours a day even throughout our normal daily routine of going to the bank, grocery store, or work. This exposure is often significant and underestimated by most of us. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can be particularly harmful and come in UV A and UV B type. Traditional sunscreens with and SPF factor only protect you against the UV B spectrum that damages skin and can cause sunburns and skin cancer. We are now more aware of the affects that UV A has on our skin that is as damaging. It is a significant cause for sun aging or prematurely aged skin. It can also increase your chances of skin cancer as you are sustaining skin damage.

You should protect yourself with Sunscreens or Sunblocks that combat both UVA and UVB rays. A host of products are available and the differences between them is mostly how much of the spectrum they protect you from and how quickly they degrade once you put them on.

I recommend Mexoryl based products such as Anthelios as they are most stable and can last you a full day without reapplication. Come in to see how you can easily incorporate sun protection into your daily skin regimen.

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