Summer Beauty Tip: Sunscreen Smarts

WTNH–The most important defense against aging is sunscreen, but is yours doing enough?

Some sunscreens only protect against UVB rays, which are what cause the skin to turn red in the sun, but they don’t protect against UVA, which penetrate deeper into the skin and cause wrinkling, leathering and other telltale signs of aging. So while you might not be getting burned, you could still be doing damage.

For what to look for to make sure you’re fully protected, check that your sunscreen label says broad spectrum, multi-spectrum or UVA/UVB protection. Always wear an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen daily and wear it even if you work inside or it’s cloudy. Windows typically only filter out UVB rays — not UVA — and 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds.

Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors and reapply every two hours.


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