The importance of using sunscreen has been widely reported for the last decade. So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, or at least using one for shade, you’re probably at least familiar with the concept. Much like you may be familiar with a reality TV family that has become famous for sex tapes, butt implant rumors, or sex change operations. Needless to say, the word is out about the potential risk from sun exposure.
Unlike watching reality TV, wearing sunscreen has legitimate health benefits. According to the Cleveland Clinic sun exposure is the major cause of skin cancer, now the most common of all cancers. Sun damage also causes sunburns, dark spots and premature aging.
Getting outside and being active during the day is great, and you should always strive for at least 20 minutes a day of physical activity to keep a healthy lifestyle. With that in mind, you’ll want make sure you’ve got protection from the sun while you’re outside.
Sun Protection Basics
Here are the basics everyone should know about sun protection from the experts at the Cleveland Clinic:
- Always wear sunscreen. Make it a habit, like brushing your teeth.
- Avoid sun in the mid-day, from 10am-3pm.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UV light.
Since sunscreen is first on the list, and a major component of our MODRN MAN products, we want the outline what everyone should know about using it. See below for recommendations according to the American Academy of Dermatology:
What does SPF mean?
SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”. The number tells you how long you could potentially stay in the sun without getting a sunburn from UVA rays (i.e. if your skin would normally burn in 10 minutes without protection, an SPF 15 would theoretically keep you from getting burned for 150 minutes).
What level of SPF is right for me?
It is recommended to use at least an SPF 30. Higher SPF’s block more of sun’s rays. An SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s rays, while no level will block 100%. There is no scientific evidence that an SPF over 50 provides more protection, than an SPF 50. Conversely an SPF 15 only filters out 93% of the sun’s rays.
What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation: UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are the major cause of wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancers. UVA rays are relatively equal in intensity throughout the year, and daylight hours. They penetrate clouds and glass. They account for 95% of the radiation reaching earth.
UVB rays are what cause sun burns, and also play a significant role in skin cancers. These rays are the most intense during the mid-day and in the summer.
Why do I care about UVA and UVB rays?
Unless the sunscreen you use is “Broad-Spectrum” you’re only being protected against UVB rays and sunburns. Understanding that UVA rays penetrate clouds and glass, reinforces the need for using protection every day, regardless of if you intend to spend time in direct sunlight. Using a “Broad-Spectrum” sunscreen is recommended to protect from UVA and UVB rays.
When should you apply sunscreen?
Everyday, 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours. Consistency is key.
Now that you’ve heard it from the pros and you understand the benefits of using a sunscreen on a daily basis, get out there and start protecting your face. We've also put together an article on the 5 most common sunscreen mistakes so definitely check that out.
At MODRN MAN we took all the above information and created our innovative two-step men's skin care and grooming system to address everything on the list. All of our Step 2 products come equipped with Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 protection, in addition to all of the targeted skin care ingredients to address your specific skin concerns.