There are two types of UV radiation that can affect us: UVA & UVB.
- UVA penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin (Dermis), causing premature ageing and wrinkling. It can also increase the risk of skin cancer.
- UVB rays are absorbed by the outer part of skin (Epidermis) which is where the swelling, redness and pain of sunburn occurs.
UVA and UVB are more prevalent in the summer months particularly around midday. You should ensure that you protect yourself and understand your sun protection.
Sun protection explained:
- The SPF on a sun cream tells you the theoretical protection the sunscreen gives against UVB radiation. Make sure you select a high factor sun cream with an SPF of at least 301.
- Choose a sunscreen that has good protection against UVA rays. You should see a star rating of up to 5 stars on UK sunscreens. The higher the star rating, the better2.