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The Dangers of the Sun

ULTRAVIOLET (UV) RAYS ARE INVISIBLE RAYS THAT COME FROM THE SUN AND WHEN THEY REACH THE EARTH’S SURFACE THEY ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO DAMAGE THE SKIN.

The sun emits 3 types of ultraviolet (UV) rays: 

  1. UVA rays contribute to skin burning, skin cancer and wrinkling / premature aging. They have a longer wavelength which means they penetrate deeper into the dermis or the base layer of the skin.
     
  2. UVB rays are burning rays and the primary cause of sunburns and contribute to skin cancer. UVB rays have a short wavelength that reaches and burns the outer layerof your skin called the epidermis.
     
  3. UVC radiation is blocked by the ozone layer whilst UVA and UVB both reach the earth’s surface and penetrate our skin. UVC rays are created artificially during certain industrial processes such as welding.

100% of UVA rays pass through clouds. Sun protection is essential, even on very cloudy days.

The Risks

Short term skin damage from the sun
You should check your skin frequently.

Long Term issues such as skin cancer
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