It’s hot in Austin! Did you know that UVA rays and UVB rays can wreak havoc with your skin, not just now but in the future? It’s true. There are two types of skin-damaging rays: UVA and UVB rays. Although UVB rays are stronger, UVA rays are much more prevalent in the atmosphere and can penetrate clouds and even glass!
The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays
- UVA rays cause aging of the skin. Too much sun exposure breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin, causing premature wrinkling and a leathery appearance.
- UVB rays cause burning of the skin, and can permanently damage the delicate skin tissues.
It has long been thought that only UVB rays caused skin cancer. However, studies now show that both UVA and UVB rays increase ones risk of developing skin cancer.
Texans have an increased risk for skin cancer. According to the Cleveland Clinic, melanoma accounts for only about 4% of all skin cancer cases, but 79% of all skin cancer deaths are due to malignant melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. The Texas Medical Association states that Texas ranks third in the US for malignant melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers. It’s important to protect your skin!
How To Lower Your Risks of Skin Cancer
Since most melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are related directly to sun exposure, you can decrease your skin cancer risk by applying sunblock every time you leave the house, even if for a short time. It must be reapplied if you swim or sweat. And be sure to slather on enough! Many people apply sunblock too sparingly—experts advise a quarter-sized dollop for the truck, abdomen, arms and legs, with a nickel-sized portion for the face and back of the neck. Aim for an SPF of 30, which has been proven adequate, while higher SPF levels have not been shown to appreciably decrease your exposure to the sun’s damaging rays.
Please visit one of our offices to purchase Obagi® Sunscreen. A trial size is only $7.00!