We're smack dab in the middle of a heat wave in June. Before you skip outside to soak up some rays make sure you're skin is protected!! But how do you know you're getting the best level of protection for you skin? The Pearl's got you covered! Read on for a go to guide to Sunscreen 

What's in a Ray? 

The sun gives off several different types of rays including UVA and UVB rays. We're gonna briefly discuss some science here guys. Hang in there, or skip ahead. Whatever makes you happy. Here we go: The UVA rays have a longer wavelength that penetrate with less energy but deeper into the skin. These rays due to their deeper penetration effect your collagen and elastin and are a major cause of aging and wrinkling.  UVB rays however have shorter wavelengths that deliver more energy but are less penetrating. These rays are known as "burning" Rays because they are often the cause of your sunburn. 

Say No Way to Damaging Rays 

Now that we know what the rays are and how they are effecting our body it's important to know how to block them. You basically have two choices here: Chemical Sunscreen and Physical Sunscreen. Chemical sunscreen is organic, and acts by absorbing the rays. If you're interested in a chemical sunscreen, look for products that contain octinoxate, octisalate, or oxybenzone. 

Physical sunscreen is inorganic and acts by physically reflecting and scattering the rays from your body.  If you're interested in physical sunscreen look for products that contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Find your perfect match

Here are a couple of factors to consider:

☀️ If you're prone to burning make sure your spf is 30 or higher ! 

☀️ if you're looking for easy full coverage consider a full spectrum sunscreen with avobenzone or zinc oxide - both guaranteed to block anything that comes your way 

☀️ sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best for sensitive ski 

☀️ afraid sunscreen is going to make your skin oily? A non clogging moisturizer containing SPF can protect and hydrate! 

☀️ make sure your SPF says Full Spectrum" or "Broad Spectrum" to block all rays

No matter the sunscreen you use, make sure you reapply regularly and stay hydrated during this heat wave!