What You Need To Know About UV Rays And Protecting Your Skin
We’ve all heard about UV rays. We know they’re bad for our skin.
But what do we really know about those harmful ultraviolet rays?
If your understanding of UV rays is limited, we’ve got you covered — much like your skin should be this summer. Don’t worry if you’re not one for wearing layers all summer though. Even if it is your best line of defense against attacking UV rays, both sunscreen and a light-therapy device can also help your skin stay safe.
How UV Rays Work And What They Do
For starters, there are both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. UVA rays are long-wave, whereas UVB rays are short-wave. Many people incorrectly believed UVB rays were the only ones of concern, but more and more research and technology is proving that both are dangerous. Fortunately, modern technology is increasing rapidly and developing more ways to combat both types of rays.
Both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere (UVC rays are absorbed by the ozone layer and don’t reach Earth), where they wreak all sorts of havoc on your skin. They can contribute to premature skin aging, eye damage, and skin cancers.
You can’t see it happening, of course, but UV radiation damages your skin’s cellular DNA. UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, but they’re 30-50 times more prevalent, meaning they still cause a lot of damage.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
Pretty intense, right? Not only do UV rays affect what your skin looks like, but they can even cause cancer. Luckily, there are methods of protection to protect your skin and keep it looking beautiful, young, and fresh for years to come.
Use A Light-Therapy Device
We may’ve spent this whole blog post discussing how UV rays and light is bad for your skin, but red and infrared LED light therapy can actually be your saving grace. This celebrity skin care is an effective aging skin treatment and can help combat all the damage your days in the sun are causing.
It may seem scary or intimidating at first, but there’s no reason to be alarmed. This professional skin care product is at the forefront of technology — the beauty industry loves it.
You only need to use it for eight minutes every other day, so you’re not even tied down by a huge time commitment.
The iderma® LED therapy mask penetrates deep into your skin and improves it from the inside out through dual usage of red and infrared LED light therapy. There are 128 LED lights total in this light-therapy device. The red wavelengths improve the surface of your skin, whereas the infrared LED light therapy travels deep into your skin and stimulates cell growth and reproduction and increased collagen. And remember — collagen is that little guy that helps keep your skin tight and firm and that rapidly stops producing as you age.
There are many reasons to invest in a light-therapy device, and we’re sure you’ll be satisfied with the iderma®. Be wary of other LED light skin care products that make claims or have features not backed by science and find a product you can trust. For example, many LED therapy masks on the market right now have multiple fun, bright colors. Our Youth Restoring Masque, however, will only ever have one color. Multi-color light-therapy devices use dye to bring in multiple colors; this dye significantly reduces the power of each light, therefore limiting the effectiveness and slowing your results.
Protect Your Skin When You’re Outside
- Wear sunscreen. We know — you’ve heard this from us before. But can we ever stress the importance of sunscreen enough? We don’t think so. Wearing sunscreen, liberally and often, is vital for protecting your skin. For example, SPF 15 blocks about 93 percent of UVB rays; SPF 30 blocks around 97 percent. Read up on the how sunscreen works and why it’s so important.
- Wear layers. You’ve heard this one a time or two from us as well, but wear layers whenever possible! We’re not saying you need to be covered from head to toe when you’re on the beach this summer if that’s not your thing, but it’s obvious that the more covered you are, the more protected your skin will be from harmful UV rays.
- Stay in the shade. On those days when you’re outside enjoying the sunshine, shoot for the shade whenever possible. You can still enjoy the sun, be warm, and soak in the Vitamin D — all while giving your skin a little break.
We aim to be a resource for you as you work your way through the sometimes-confusing world of skin care and professional skin care products. UV rays are clearly damaging to your skin, but by taking precautions and using the iderma® light-therapy device regularly, you’ll be in good hands. Order the Youth Restoring Masque today and embrace LED light skin care — you’ll be glad you did.