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Save your skin!
Save your skin!
May 15th, 2013

We love the summer! Warm weather, picnics at the park, vacation, and a gorgeous tan. What is not to love about the glow of a summer tan? Well, perhaps the chance of skin cancer? At least make sure that you lather yourself, and your kids, with sunscreen, if you do play the day away in the sun.

Sunscreens protect you from Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and there are two types- UVA and UVB. Not all sunscreens protect you from both. UV radiation is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that reaches through the Earth’s atmosphere. The EM spectrum is also known as the light spectrum and since it has wavelenths shorter than visible light, we cannot see it with the naked eye. UVA has a longer wavelength than UVB and it is the one that causes more of the lasting skin damage, such as skin aging and cancer. UVB can cause skin cancer but it is the one that causes the short-term effects like sunburn. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

How does sunscreen help protect you from these harmful rays? SPF, or the Sun Protection Factor, is a number that measures the sunscreen’s ability to prevent the UVB rays from damaging your skin. It takes about 20 minutes for your skin to begin turning red without the use of sunscreen. Even using SPF 15, it normally takes about 15 times longer to begin burning the skin. Just about any sunscreen with an SPF above 15 does a great job protecting from UVB.

These days, most sunscreens do protect against both UVA and UVB rays and it is known as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This past December (2012), the US FDA began new rules for these products, primarily in its labeling and testing. They must be clearly marked and now have standardized methods for testing and what certain terms mean. The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels and they are allowed to state that if it’s at least SPF 15 that they have been shown to help prevent skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed and with other sun measures.

Of course nothing helps prevent these unwanted effects of sunshine like staying out of the sun and covering up with clothing and wearing a hat. And always, wear sunglasses. Your eyes are very sensitive to UV rays and you should always have a pair on.

Here at Nana’s, we care about your health and want you to have a long and healthy life. That is why we only put the best ingredients into our cookies. We do not have dairy, trans fats, or cholesterol and offer a wide range of gluten free options. Until May 28th, you can get 25% off of No Gluten Berry Vanilla Bars and Oatmeal Bites by using the promo code “sunscreen” on our website.

So grab a cookie, your sunscreen and sunglasses and head to the beach. Nothing screams summer quite like a beachside picnic or BBQ!

References: www.skincancer.org
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