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We wear sunscreen to protect our skin from harmful sun rays, right? But do you know why they are so harmful and the damage they can cause?

Here at iS Clinical, we think it’s very important to be educated on how to properly protect your skin and why.

UV rays & your skin

Sunlight is made up of two different types of harmful rays, ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays enter deep in the dermis, meaning they breach the thickest layer of skin. If the skin is left unprotected and exposed to the UVA rays, it can cause the skin to experience premature aging and suppression of the immune system. And when the skin’s immune system is compromised it is at a higher risk of skin cancer. UVB rays cause your skin to experience sunburn, which can cause permanent sun damage over time. The intensity of UVB and UVA rays can vary depending on location, season and time of day.

These harmful sun rays may seem like they aren’t a big deal because people want to have a tan complexion, often perceived as a “healthy glow”. But in the long-term it is not healthy, it is actually harmful. As your body ages, these rays will cause your skin to form wrinkles, age spots, changing of the skin texture and in some cases, skin cancer. So in simple terms, every time your skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays it is yelling “HELP! I need protection!” 

Sunscreens are extremely important to wear daily, especially on your face, because it experiences the greatest exposure to the sun. They help block your skin from both immediate and long term skin damage.

In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with over 1 million people diagnosed each year. 1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. More than 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by damaging sun exposure.

So wear your sunscreen to prevent damaging wrinkles, brown spots and most importantly your life! Try our Extreme Protect SPF 30 and Eclipse SPF 50+ for full spectrum protection.

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