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What we should know about sunscreens

Whether you’re practicing your daily outdoor sports or going to holidays you’re going to need some sun protection. Even on one of this cloudiest days, the sun’s rays will still be present. This means you’re being exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays and you’re at greater risk of developing skin cancer or experiencing premature ageing, including wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines, if you´re not using sunscreen.

There’s lots of terminology when it comes to sunscreen. Here in this text we want to explain about “water/sweat resistant”, “UV rays“ “SPF ”.

So this is what you need to know about these terms:

Whether you’re practicing your daily outdoor sports or going to holidays you’re going to need some sun protection. Even on one of this cloudiest days, the sun’s rays will still be present. This means you’re being exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays and you’re at greater risk of developing skin cancer or experiencing premature ageing, including wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines, if you´re not using sunscreen.

There’s lots of terminology when it comes to sunscreen. Here in this text we want to explain about “water/sweat resistant”, “UV rays“ and “SPF ”.

So this is what you need to know about these terms:

Water/sweat resistant : It means that your sunscreen protects you from the sun even if you are practicing nautical sports or sweating during aerial or terrestrial sports. To make a sunscreen water/sweat resistant, ingredients have to be added that will allow the sunscreen

formulation to adhere to skin when submerged in “swirling water”.

This can be done with organic waxes and oils, the ingredients we use in the SportStick sunscreen.

UV rays : UV rays are what cause the damage and are the ones you need to protect your skin from, with both types being linked to skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are responsible for skin reddening and sunburn. It’s also the main culprit for skin cancer but also causes tanning and premature ageing. UVB rays vary in strength depending on location, the time of day and the time of year. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays penetrate deeper into your skin and are responsible for tanning. They also cause premature ageing such as wrinkles. UVA rays are normally fairly consistent all year round and at any time of the day.

SportStick filters provide protection against both, UVA and UVB rays.

SPF : Sun protection factor (SPF) measures the amount of protection you’ll receive from the sun’s UVB rays. Rated on a scale from 2 to 50+ (the higher the number, the stronger the protection), it tells you how much longer your skin will take to turn red in response to UVB compared to if you weren’t using any protection. For example, if you normally burn after 30 minutes without sunscreen, an SPF 30 will protect you for 30 times longer, which is 15 hours. Most people use a minimum of SPF 30.