What is Ultraviolet Radiation?

Published by Tara on 7th Mar 2022

May is “Melanoma Awareness Month” and Hampton Sun® is here to help you become better educated on skin cancer and how to best protect yourself.

One of the most common ways skin cancer develops is through mutations due to overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. What is ultraviolet radiation? Ultraviolet light is a type of radiation which comes from the sun. UV light falls in the electromagnetic spectrum between visible light and X-rays and is invisible to the human eye.

There are different classifications of ultraviolet light based on the wavelengths of the rays. The main UV light categories of concern are UVA rays and UVB rays.

UVB rays cause sunburns. As skin absorbs UVB rays, your body produces more melanin as a defense mechanism, darkening the pigment of skin followed by inflammation and the other tell-tale signs that your skin is burned.

UVA rays are a bit trickier. UVA rays cause damage under the surface, causing premature signs of aging. You won’t feel the UVA damage like the UVB burns. UVA rays can cause damage on even the haziest of days. The best way to confidently face those harmful UV rays is to protect yourself daily with sunscreen, regardless of the weather! Our SPF 15 Super Hydrating Face Cream is a light daily moisturizer that makes incorporating SPF into your skincare routine easy and luxurious.

The most important way to protect yourself from UV radiation is to use broad spectrum coverage, like Hampton Sun®! The SPF (sun protection factor) only measures how well you’re protected against the UVB burning rays. When buying sunscreen, look for broad spectrum protection. Broad spectrum means the sunscreen protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays.