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Are You Protected?

Jun 12, 2011 12:00AM

Are You Protected?

By the time you figure out what the sunscreen product can do the sun may be long gone. Local mom Connie Ozdil explains the new (2011) UVA sunscreen rating system:

  • 1 star represents low UVA protection
  • 2 stars medium
  • 3 stars high protection
  • 4 stars the highest in an over the counter sunscreen product

Even on cloudy days 80% of the ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds. (source)

Acronym Academics:

  • UVA :: Ultraviolet rays pass through window glass. Responsible for premature aging and age spots.
  • UVB :: Ultraviolet rays blocked by window glass. Primary cause of sunburns and skin cancer.
  • SPF :: Sun protection factor used for sunscreens.
  • UPF :: Ultraviolet protection factor used mainly for clothing. The higher the UPF the more it blocks UVA and UVB rays.