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July is UV Awareness Month : Why You Should Wear Medical-Grade SPF Even on Cloudy Days

Cancer Research UK predicts there will be a record 20,800 cases diagnosed this year – up from a yearly average of 19,300 between 2020 and 2022.

Its analysis shows rates rose by almost a third, external between 2009 and 2019 - from 21 to 28 cases per 100,000 people.

The report suggests around 17,000 melanoma cases every year are preventable - with almost nine in 10 caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

However glorious sunshine feels, getting too much of it - especially without adequate protection - can be dangerous. Understanding the risks of too much sun and how to protect your skin can help you have a safe and fun summer.

Many assume that cloudy days provide a natural shield against sun damage, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate light cloud cover, mist, and fog, posing an invisible threat to your skin. While the sun might be hiding, ultraviolet (UV) radiation certainly isn’t taking a day off. Cloud cover only slightly diminishes the intensity of UV rays, which means your skin is almost as vulnerable as it is on sunny days.

UV radiation is the primary factor in skin ageing and damage, contributing to wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and even skin cancer. Medical-grade sun protection offers a robust defense against these risks. Unlike standard sunscreens, these products are developed with advanced formulations that provide broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. This is crucial because UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, accelerating ageing and causing long-term damage, while UVB rays are primarily responsible for sunburn.

Another advantage of medical-grade SPF products is their suitability for sensitive skin types. Formulated under rigorous standards and often containing fewer irritants than over-the-counter products, they are an ideal choice for those with skin conditions or sensitive skin. Moreover, they are more resistant to water and sweat, ensuring effective protection throughout the day, regardless of weather conditions.

Including SPF in your daily skincare routine, even on cloudy days, is a simple yet effective step towards maintaining youthful, healthy skin. It’s not just about preventing sunburn; it's about investing in your skin’s long-term health and appearance.

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ZO Skin Health Smart Tone Sunscreen SPF 50 – A lightweight sunscreen with a self-adjusting tint that complements most skin tones while providing a healthy, hydrated glow. Featuring an exclusive antioxidant complex while protecting against the aging effects of UVA/UVB, IR-A rays and HEV light.

Obagi Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreens use the best of both physical and chemical ingredients to provide broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays, and additionally, defends against Infrared (IR) rays. Available in a Warm or Cool tint to complement the unique undertones of your skin.

ZO Skin Health Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 is water and perspiration resistant. This non-greasy sunscreen, with ZOX12® complex dries quickly with a sheer finish to shield against UVA/UVB and IR-A rays, and HEV light. Protects while also hydrating.

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