Why UVA and UVB Protection is Important

When purchasing a sunscreen, it can be confusing to read countless different labels and their claims. “Broad spectrum”, “UVA/UVB protection”, and different strengths of sun protection may make you wonder just what sunscreen is supposed to be doing for your skin and what really matters when it comes to blocking out the sun’s harmful rays. It’s vital to your skin’s health that your daily sunscreen protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, so today’s blog will explain the importance of using a sunscreen that does just that. Of course, all Rocky Mountain Sunscreen products offer broad spectrum protection, so you can be sure that you’re using the best sunscreen on both yourself and your family. Our formula is also hypoallergenic and oxybenzone-free, so it won’t irritate sensitive or delicate skin. Head on over to our website and purchase yours today!



Understanding the difference between UVA and UVB rays is important to understanding why it’s essential to being protected from both. For starters, UVA and UVB are short for ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, respectively. UVA rays are long and make up the majority of our sun exposure. These rays aren’t responsible for causing sunburns, but are what cause wrinkling, early signs of aging, and melanoma. They also can suppress the immune system, which can make it harder for the body to recover from illnesses and heal from wounds. UVB rays are short and contribute to sunburn. They also play a part in skin cancers and melanoma, and can cause early onset cataracts.


The Importance of Broad Spectrum Protection

Now that you understand the difference between UVA and UVB rays, you can understand why your skin needs to be protect from both. When purchasing a sunscreen, it’s important to be sure that the formula offers “broad spectrum protection”, which means that you’re protected from both types of rays. Some formulas only offer UVB protection, which is popular for people  who want to get tan. The UVA rays are responsible for tanning your skin, but prolonged sun exposure dramatically increases chances of melanoma and skin cancer, not to mention premature aging and wrinkling. If you’re concerned about looking tan for the summer, try using a sunless tanner for a faux glow and protect your skin instead.


The Best Sunscreen Formula for Everyday Use

If you’re searching for the optimal formula for everyday use, dermatologists with the American Skin Association recommend using a broad spectrum formula with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If you have sensitive or pale skin, you may want to use an SPF 50 formula. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen offers both strengths of SPF so you can choose what strength is best suited for your needs. Our gentle formula is also hypoallergenic and oxybenzone-free, so even those who have sensitive skin and children can use our formulas. You can rest assured that Rocky Mountain Sunscreen has you and your family covered – literally!


Don’t wait to start protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If the sunscreen you’re using now doesn’t protect from both UVA and UVA rays, it’s time to try something new. Order your Rocky Mountain Sunscreen now!

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