Everyone understands that when you are exposed to direct sunlight while participating in outdoor activities it is necessary to wear sunscreen. We need to protect our skin daily to prevent harmful sun exposure that can cause sunburns, and which may eventually lead to skin cancer and other diseases. But do you know why the sun causes skin damage?  


Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, that’s present all year long. It’s important to be aware and have knowledge about UV rays, their types and their effects on your skin. This could also help determine which sunscreen would suit your skin the best.


What are UVA rays?

UVA rays have the longest wavelengths and account for around 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface. Although it’s less intense than UVB rays, these rays are prevalent all day and can pass through clouds and glass. Also, UVA rays can cause the skin to darken or tan. Although it is thought that a tan gives the skin a healthy glow, the skin’s DNA has been injured. There is no such thing as a healthy tan!.

What are UVB rays?

UVB rays are the shorter rays that cause reddening of the skin and eventually sunburn. They damage the skin’s higher epidermal layers and aren’t as common as UVA rays. However, UVB rays vary in intensity depending on season, location, altitude, and even time of day.

How do UV rays affect our skin?

UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, and are responsible for premature skin aging, wrinkling while harming the skin cells in the epidermis. UVB rays also injure the top layer of your skin and are the prime reason for sunburn. Damage from UVB rays is a leading cause of skin cancer.


How can you prevent sun damage?

The most important thing you can do to prevent skin cancer and skin damage from UV rays is to wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing year-round. Wearing sunscreen on all the uncovered parts of the body is a must! Use broad spectrum sunscreens like our Natural SPF Blend to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.


UVA and UVB rays can cause premature skin aging, eye damage, skin cancer and more! So, wear your broad-spectrum sunscreen and opt for natural products with Sunshine On The Go. Choose from a variety of sun and skin care products for all age groups, visit our website: