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Spring brings with it the gentle warmth of the sun's rays. In small doses, the sun plays a beneficial role on mood and helps the production of vitamin D, which is essential to bone health. However, exposure to the sun carries risks and requires protective measures.
The sun's ultraviolet rays mainly consist of UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns, the most common immediate adverse effects of sun exposure. As for UVA rays, they lead to aging of the skin. Both types of UV rays are involved in the development of skin cancer. Sun protection is essential to prevent these unwanted effects.
A sunscreen's protection factor is a measure of its effectiveness. This indication estimates the product's protection factor against UVB rays and, thus, against sunburns. The protection factor follows the term "SPF" (sun protection factor) on product labels.
Here is some advice to protect your skin against uv rays:
There are simple ways to maximize your sunscreen's beneficial effects:
At the beginning of spring, use adequate
Choose a texture (cream, gel, milk or spray) adapted to your needs and preferences. We tend to reapply a product with a texture that we like more often. A few precautions and the use of an adequate sunscreen will allow you to enjoy these sunny days as a couple, with friends, or as a family! You will also safely fill up on vitamin D!
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about sun protection and the products available.
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