What is the difference between UVA & UVB sun protection?
UVA rays are always present, no matter the weather or season. UVA rays deeply penetrate the skin, are very powerful, and are the main contributor to aging. Just remember, UVA = Aging! UVB rays are not as strong as UVA rays, but, never the less are the cause for sunburns and skin cancers. Thus, UVB rays are just as damaging, if not more than UVA rays. UVB = Burn!
Why are some products labeled SPF and some UPF?
SPF - Sun Protection Factor pertains to sun protection lotion and sunscreens. Ranging from SPF 10 to SPF 50. The number behind the SPF indicates the ability to be in the sun 10 times longer without burning to 50 times longer without burning. Keeping in mind, sunscreens need to be applied thirty minutes before going out and reapplied every two hours. UPF - Ultraviolet Protection Factor pertains to sun protection apparel and accessories. UPF indicates how much of the sun's ultraviolet rays are absorbed by the fabric and not your skin. The number behind an UPF25 indicates a 25 time reduction of exposure to ultraviolet rays. UPF 25-39 are considered very good and blocks 95 - 97% ultraviolet rays. UPF 40-50 are considered excellent and block 97-99% ultraviolet rays.
Why are protecting our hands so important?
A womans' hands seem to be an overlooked part of the body. In reality, most women are very harsh on their hands. From immersing our hands in water numerous times a day to the exposure of harsh elements without any protection. Even though, the skin on our hands is just as fragile as our neck and face. We protect our face, neck and decolletage with sunscreens, sunglasses and hats, but the hands seem to get neglected. Protecting a womans' hands in a chic, comfortable way is the third piece of the puzzle to aging gracefully.