UVA and UVB rays are ultraviolet radiation (part of the light spectrum) that comes from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are shorter than visible light, which is why you can't see them with your naked eye.
UVB rays hit your skin's surface and can turn you lobsterred. Ouch! UVA rays have longer wavelengths than UVB and can penetrate deeper into your skin, causing aging and longterm damage. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. Double ouch!
UVA accounts for up to 95 percent of the solar UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface.* UVA rays are present during all daylight hours and throughout the winter months.
UVB is responsible for burning, tanning, and acceleration of skin aging, and plays a very key role in the development of skin cancer.
*According to a press release from The Skin Cancer Foundation called "Shining Light on Ultraviolet Radiation."
Avoid the sun's strongest rays by limiting time in the sun, especially from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Wear sunscreen year-round when spending time outside: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.
When applying sunscreen, don't neglect your ears, eyes, lips, and nose. These facial areas are often overlooked and need coverage, too.
Wear a broad-brimmed hat and protective clothing. Hold the fabric up to a light; if the light doesn't shine through, your clothing is a sun-blocker. Look for clothes with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher. Cover all body areas and use sunscreen as well!
Be sure your child wears a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher every day. When outdoors for an extended time or in water, they should use a water-resistant sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen over your child's entire body before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating or towel drying.
Water-resistant, spray-on sunscreens are perfect for toddlers who won’t sit still. Tear-Free and Sting-Free products designed for toddlers help keep sunscreen application and reapplication hassle-free.
Keep newborns in the shade or sheltered beneath sun umbrellas or canopies; use sunscreen on all babies over 6 months old. For babies under six months, consult your doctor before using.
Banana Boat sunscreen gives you a wide range of moderate to high UVA/UVB protection to help you avoid skin cancer from the sun's harmful rays. Banana Boat sunscreens come in several forms — such as clear sprays, lotions, sticks (for your face and those hard-to-reach spots like ears), and lotion sprays, as well as in a variety of sizes and SPFs to meet your lifestyle needs.
Apply a golf ball-sized portion (about an ounce or two tablespoons) of Banana Boat sunscreen lotion to your entire body and your child's at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming, sweating, or towel drying. For sunscreen sprays, spray liberally and spread evenly on the body by hand at least 15 minutes before engaging in outdoor activities. For your face, spray the sunscreen in your hand, then apply to the face.
Everyday face lotions with SPF are great for your skin and provide protection against incidental sun exposure. Just remember, just like body sunscreens, you need to reapply everyday face lotions with SPF every two hours for sun protection.
For a day in the sun, look for a water-resistant sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. When used as directed, these products will provide broad-spectrum protection and will also protect you if you are going to be in and out of the water. If you're going to be active, they will not "sweat of"” your body.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a multiplier that tells you how much longer you can remain in the sun without a burn when wearing sunscreen. For instance, if you can usually tolerate the sun for 10 minutes without a burn, an SPF 15 will provide you with 15 times that, or 150 minutes of protection without burning. Regardless of the SPF level you use, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating to help keep your skin protected.
SPF ratings are determined in a laboratory setting. SPF 50 products are estimated to allow 1/50 of the sun's burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against approximately 98% of the sun's burning rays). SPF 100 products are estimated to allow 1/100 of the sun’s burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against approximately 99% of the sun’s burning rays). Actual protection may vary and will depend on the user applying adequate amounts. Reapply at least every two hours or as directed on the package to help ensure adequate protection.
SPF numbers don't add up the way you might think. Using an SPF 8 and SPF 15 together won't allow you to remain in the sun 23 times longer than without protection. It’s not an additive. You need to determine how long you'll be in the sun, along with your skin type, and choose the appropriate SPF level for you.
You need to consider a number of factors. How long will you be out in the sun? What is the UV index for the day? What time of the day will you be out and what activity will you be doing? And, most importantly, what is your skin type? Use the Banana Boat SPF Guide to find out what products are right for you. Regardless of the SPF level you use, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating to help keep your skin protected.
Use this chart to choose an SPF based on your skin type and the amount of time you plan to spend in the sun on an average day.
For fair and very fair-skinned people, an SPF 15, and in many instances an SPF 30, does not provide enough protection on a very sunny day in the summer, especially in the southern portions of the U.S. and other countries closer to the equator; and remember, the longer you are in the sun, the higher SPF level you need. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen with you on all-day activities so that you can reapply.
The reaction of our skin to sun, either burning or tanning, is based on genetics. We inherit our ability to tan or burn. In general, fair-skinned people often burn and are rarely able to tan. Darker skins, with their increased melanin, have more natural protection, but no one is immune to sun damage. To find out which SPF is right for you, use the Banana Boat brand SPF Guide.
Photosensitization, an increased sensitivity to sun exposure, is a possible side effect of certain medications, including certain kinds of antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants. Consult your physician or pharmacist regarding photosensitization related to any prescription medications.
The redness associated with sunburns can take up to 24 hours to show. If you are outside and your skin begins to turn red, get out of the sun – you may already have a sunburn. Products such as Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Gel can help soothe sunburned skin and help minimize peeling.