Skin Info Home Skin Conditions & Treatments Cosmetic Treatments Skin Care Basics Daily Skin Care Tips Articles & Videos Skin Info Network About Us Other Skin Conditions
Skin Conditions


Considering a sun-drenched vacation?
Some places on the earth experience stronger ultraviolet radiation. If you are traveling near the equator or at high altitudes, your risk of sunburn increases significantly. It is always best to try to avoid excessive sun exposure between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - this is when UV rays are the strongest.
Facts about UV Damage
Ultraviolet light (lightwaves 200-400nm) from the sun can cause sunburn if your skin is exposed for too long.
Get broad spectrum protection!
Ensure that you are protected against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunlight is composed of light that we can see, and invisible ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVA light causes tanning and UVB causes sunburn, but both can damage the skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
How much sunscreen is enough?
Studies have shown that the average person uses significantly less sunscreen than the amount needed to achieve the SPF listed on the label. Don't skimp when putting it on - both in terms of quantity and frequency!
Sun damage is a primary cause of wrinkles
Premature aging of the skin is most often the product of years of unprotected sun exposure combined with your genetic makeup.
Sunbeds are not a safer way to tan ...
Contrary to popular belief, sunbeds are not a safer way to tan. Sunbeds emit UVA radiation, which causes tanning and aging of the skin. If you are using a sunbed, you are accelerating the aging process of your skin and increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Sunlight Can Help Your Psoriasis
UVB light from exposure to sunlight can help your psoriasis condition. This light causes the skin to burn, and itís this effect that has the side benefit of healing psoriasis.
The Effects of Ultraviolet Light
The skin has evolved to protect us from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Sunscreens were first developed to prevent sunburns by blocking UVB; they allowed us to prolong our time in the sun, but that resulted in increased exposure to UVA. Modern sunscreens attempt to block the whole spectrum of UV light, so are called broad spectrum. Not all so-called broad spectrum sunscreens protect skin from the whole range of UVA.
The Tanning Bed Controversy
Tanning beds have been a source of controversy for some time, and there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding its benefits and risks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently made a recommendation that sun beds should be banned for people who are 18 and under, as younger people are at an increased risk of skin cancer by early exposure to ultraviolet light.