It’s so important to note that most chemical sunscreens only protect against UVB rays, which means that while you don’t look or feel burnt (since the UVB rays are being blocked), the “longer, more penetrating UVA wavelengths may create highly reactive oxygen molecules capable of damaging skin cell membranes and the DNA inside.”
While it’s unknown the exact cause of all skin cancers, our exposure to UV radiation (typically from the sun), is the most common underlying cause.
Here's why the sun is so important to our health:
- skeletal development
- immune function
- blood cell formation
Interesting Fact: Heliotherapy has been in practice since the age of the Greeks and Ancient Egyptians. From the late nineteenth century until the early 1930s, light therapy was considered an effective and mainstream medical therapy in the UK for conditions such as varicose ulcer, 'sickly children' and a wide range of other conditions, and since then a large array of treatments using controlled light have been developed.
More important than SPF though is Broad Spectrum Protection and how you use sunscreen.
Broad Spectrum = UVA + UVB coverage
DO NOT USE spray or chemical sunscreens as they are less effective and harmful for you and the environment.
- Treat as soon as possible
- Take a cool bath (if this is not readily available then move to #3)
- Use a moisturizer. Doing so will help nourish your dry and damaged skin. Divios Restore Aloe Moisturizer is scientifically designed to heal damaged skin and bolster healthy skin thanks to its all-natural, antioxidant rich ingredients, especially CBD.
- Do not treat sunburns with “-caine” products (such as benzocaine). These are chemicals your skin does not need.
- Drink water and stay hydrated.
- Make sure to avoid the sun (cover-up!) while your skin heals.