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The Importance of Sunscreen

The Importance of Sunscreen

Not everyone likes putting on sunscreen. I was one of those people. I don’t like touching my face or having it feel oily. Nevertheless, I can’t recall the last time I went outside, knowing I would be under the sun, without putting on sunscreen.


Many people are unaware of how sunscreen works. The photograph below is from a video created by the Melanoma Research Alliance in New York City. This video shows what skin looks like through an Ultraviolet camera. In the image below you see a woman who put on sunscreen on her face (left side Ultraviolet camera view and right side regular camera). You can see darker shaded areas is where she put on sunscreen. Our eyes cannot detect this black cover that protects us from UV rays, but an Ultraviolet camera can.


When we apply sunscreen to our body, it creates a protective layer. Many sunscreens offer water resistant protection for when you are in the water. Even with this extra protection, the sunscreens protective layer is more susceptible to coming off due to the water and may have a shorter lasting effect.  But, have no fear, Stella will advise you when to re-apply SPF and seek shade.


There are many sunscreen products, brands, SPF’s, for different purposes. All you have to do is find out what sunscreen suits you best. An excellent way to factor in which SPF can benefit you is by using our mobile app. You can pre-determine your burn rate and see which SPF is best for your occasion and skin type.


We are highly motivated here at Stella, to promote the use of sunscreen, as well as raise skin cancer awareness. We know that more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of overexposure to UV rays, therefore, we are excited to see people benefit from using Stella soon.


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