We all love the warm days of summer, filled with outdoor time, BBQs and a natural Vitamin D3 infusion that makes us feel energized. But please be mindful of the sun’s harmful UV radiation, which can cause sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer.
What is full spectrum sun radiation?
The sun emits radiation across a broad range of wavelengths, including visible light, infrared radiation and UV ultraviolet rays. UV radiation includes UVB and UVA rays, which are both harmful to the skin, but have slightly different effects.
UVB rays are shorter in wavelength and are responsible for sunburn, skin damage, and an increased risk of skin cancer. UVB rays are strongest during the summer months, and they can cause immediate damage to the skin. This is why sunburns are more likely to occur on a hot, sunny day. UVB rays can also be responsible for causing cataracts and other eye damage.
UVA rays are longer in wavelength and can penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays. UVA rays contribute to premature aging, wrinkles, and other types of skin damage, and they also increase the risk of skin cancer. UVA rays are present all year round, and they can penetrate through clouds and glass.
Both UVB and UVA rays are harmful to the skin, and it's important to protect yourself from both types of radiation by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day, wearing protective clothing like hats and sunglasses, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
What Level of SPF is best?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of a sunscreen's ability to protect your skin from UVB rays. It's important to note that no sunscreen can provide 100% protection against UVB radiation. A high SPF factor does not mean you are completely protected. In fact, there is not that much difference between an SPF21 and SPF45. This is how much of the UVB radiation actually is deflected or absorbed:
SPF 15: 93%
SPF 21: 95.2%
SPF 30: 96.7%
SPF 45: 97.8%
In addition to the SPF number, it's important to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
How do Sunscreens work and are they safe?
Wearing sunscreen can help protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays by either absorbing or reflecting the UV radiation. Mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide) provide a physical barrier between your skin and the sun's rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin and causing damage.
Chemical sunscreens with ingredients like Oxybenzone/Octinaxate (UVB) and Avobenzone (UVA) protect the skin by absorbing, converting and dissipating the energy from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays as heat. But be careful, research has shown that Oxybenzone and its derivatives can cause damage to coral reefs by disrupting their reproduction and growth cycles. They can also make corals more vulnerable to bleaching, disease, and other stressors and they may be toxic to other marine organisms, and even humans.
What makes Bluevado SunFix uniquely different?
Bluevado SunFix is the first sunscreen based on recent research published in Nature Scientific Reports that shows Methylene Blue acts as a full spectrum (UVB and UVA) sunscreen, by absorbing UV radiation. This is just one of the amazing capabilities of this novel skincare ingredient. SunFix is formulated using both Methylene Blue and Zinc Oxide minerals to create a unique sunscreen that addresses the most important issues:
Broad-spectrum protection: SunFix offers broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA (100%) and UVB (95.2%) rays.
Photo-aging repair: Exposure to UV radiation causes damage to the skin cells and the underlying collagen and elastin fibers that support the skin's structure. This damage can lead to a variety of visible changes in the skin, including: wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, age spots, dry/rough skin. SunFix relies on Methylene Blue’s well-known properties as a super-antioxidant and mitochondrial healer to repair and prevent aging damage to the skin.
Non-greasy and lightweight: SunFix has a non-greasy and lightweight formula that absorbs quickly. It will not leave a sticky film or white shine on skin, making it cosmetically elegant and perfect to wear under foundation.
Reef-friendly: SunFix is reef-friendly, which means it does not contain ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs. In fact, Dr. Cao’s research shows that Methylene Blue supports coral health.
Looking for a sunscreen that is effective, comfortable to wear, and environmentally friendly? Then Bluevado SunFix is what you are looking for!