Fun in the Spanish Sun: Protecting Your Skin and Eyes from Harmful Rays

sunrise on a beach in Valencia, Spain. Photo by Guillermo Sanchez

Looking to bask in the Spanish sun without turning into a lobster? Sunscreen is your best friend! But wait, there’s more. Did you know that protecting yourself from blue light can also help prevent premature aging? Buckle up, amigos, because we’re about to dive into the importance of sunscreen and blue light protection, with a little help from the reef-friendly and pet-safe brand, Ringana.

The Importance of Sun Protection: Why You Need Sunscreen and Blue Light Protection

First things first: sunscreen. It’s not just for fair-skinned folks who burn easily. Everyone, regardless of skin color, needs protection from harmful UV rays. And when you’re in Spain, where the sun is stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo’s abs, you need it even more. But hold up, you might say, what about those pesky chemicals that can harm the coral reefs and other sea life? Fear not, my environmentally conscious friends, because Ringana has got you covered. Their sunscreen products are free from harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching. So you can slather on that SPF without worrying about harming the ocean. Plus, their products are safe for your furry friends too, so you can cuddle up with your pup without any worries.

But wait, there’s more! Did you know that blue light, the kind that emanates from your computer, phone, and TV screens, can also damage your skin? Yep, it’s true. Blue light penetrates deeper into the skin than UV rays and can contribute to premature aging. No thank you, wrinkles! Fortunately, Ringana has a solution for this too. Their suncare line includes a blue light protection product that helps shield your skin from the harmful effects of screen time. So now you can Netflix and chill without worrying about the consequences.

Types of SPF: Understanding Sun Protection Factor

Sunscreens are rated with SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF number, the greater the level of protection against UVB rays. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between SPF factors:

SPF 15: This provides protection against about 93% of UVB rays. This is the minimum recommended level of protection.

SPF 30: This provides protection against about 97% of UVB rays. This is a good level of protection for most people and is the most commonly used SPF.

SPF 50: This provides protection against about 98% of UVB rays. This is a higher level of protection and is recommended for people who have fair skin or who are very sensitive to the sun.

SPF 100: This provides protection against about 99% of UVB rays. While this may seem like a significantly higher level of protection than SPF 50, the difference in protection is actually very small. SPF 50 is generally considered sufficient for most people.

Please note that SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, which are responsible for causing sunburns. However, it does not indicate protection against UVA rays, which can also harm the skin. To ensure safeguarding against both types of rays, look for a sunscreen labeled “broad-spectrum.”

Additionally, remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Use an adequate amount of sunscreen, typically about one ounce (or a shot glass full) for the entire body.

The Ringana Face sunscreen has an SPF 20 rating, providing protection against approximately 95% of UVB rays. Although SPF 20 offers a lower level of protection compared to higher SPF ratings, it is still sufficient for daily use, especially if you’re not exposed to prolonged periods of direct sunlight.

It’s worth noting that the variation in protection between SPF 20 and higher ratings, such as SPF 30 or 50, is minimal, only about a 1-2% difference in UVB ray protection. It’s important to understand that a higher SPF rating does not necessarily allow you to stay in the sun for longer durations. Regular sunscreen reapplication, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing during the hottest parts of the day remain crucial.

Ultimately, the choice of SPF rating depends on your skin type and anticipated sun exposure. If you have fair skin or expect significant time in direct sunlight, a higher SPF rating may be more suitable. However, for everyday activities without extended periods outdoors, SPF 20 should suffice.

Ringana FRESH face sunscreen SPF15

FRESH Sunscreen Face

Ringana FRESH sunscreen SPF20

FRESH Sunscreen SPF 20

Ringana FRESH sunscreen SPF50

FRESH Sunscreen SPF 50

NOTE: FRESH Sunscreen Face has a lightweight feel as well as mattifying properties.

Ringana sunscreen products, including the FRESH sunscreen SPF 50, rely solely on natural mineral sunscreen filters that don’t contain nanoparticles. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide work as a natural shield against harmful UV rays. Karanja oil, combined with mineral filters, enhances the UV protection. Aloe vera, ectoin, and bisabolol are added to soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and minimize irritation. Additionally, oat extract strengthens the skin barrier and promotes skin regeneration.


Types of Lenses: Choosing the Right Color and Material for Your Sunglasses

Choosing the right lens type and color for your sunglasses can make a big difference in how they protect your eyes and enhance your vision. Here are some fun and useful tips to help you find the perfect pair:

Lens type: There are three main types of lenses for sunglasses: polarized, non-polarized, and mirrored. Polarized lenses are great for reducing glare and improving visibility in bright sunlight, while non-polarized lenses are a more affordable option for basic UV protection.

Mirrored lenses are stylish and can provide additional glare reduction, but may not be suitable for certain activities like driving.

Lens color: The color of your sunglasses’ lenses can affect how they filter light and enhance your vision. Here are some common lens colors and their benefits:

  • Gray: Provides true color perception and reduces brightness without distorting colors. Good for general outdoor use.
  • Brown/Amber: Enhances contrast and depth perception, making it a good choice for activities like fishing, skiing, and driving.
  • Green: Offers high contrast and minimizes glare, making it a good choice for outdoor sports and activities.
  • Yellow/Orange: Enhances contrast and depth perception in low light conditions, making it a good choice for early morning or late afternoon activities.

Face shape: The shape of your face can also affect which lens type and color look best on you. For example, round faces may benefit from angular or square-shaped frames, while oval faces can usually pull off most shapes.

Activity: Consider the activities you’ll be doing while wearing your sunglasses. If you’ll be driving, polarized lenses can be very helpful in reducing glare from the road. If you’ll be skiing or snowboarding, consider lenses with a rose or amber tint to enhance contrast and visibility in snowy conditions.

Fashion: Of course, fashion is also an important factor when choosing sunglasses! Don’t be afraid to choose a bold color or unique frame shape that suits your personal style.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to find the perfect pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes and enhance your vision – all while looking cool and fashionable.

Extra Tips for Sun Protection: Beyond Sunscreen and Sunglasses

When it comes to sun protection in Spain, there are a few other tips to keep in mind. Here are some fun and easy ways to stay safe in the sun:

Cover up: When the sun is at its strongest (usually between 10am and 4pm), seek shade and wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants. Bonus points if your clothes are made from UV-protective fabric! And don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck – the bigger the better, because who doesn’t love feeling like a fancy movie star?

Lip service: We often forget about protecting our lips from the sun, but they’re just as susceptible to damage as the rest of our skin. Make sure to apply a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher to keep your pout safe and moisturized.

Don’t be a hero: We get it, you want that golden tan. But please, please, please don’t risk your health by spending too much time in direct sunlight without protection. Even if you’re using sunscreen, it’s still important to seek shade and take breaks from the sun throughout the day. Your skin (and future self) will thank you.

Eyes on the prize: Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement – they’re an essential part of sun protection! Make sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful rays. Plus, they’ll make you look cool and mysterious.

Don’t forget to reapply: Sunscreen isn’t a one-and-done deal. Make sure to reapply every 2 hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. And don’t skimp on the amount – use enough to cover your entire body (yes, even those hard-to-reach places).

Sunscreen and blue light protection are essential for keeping your skin healthy and looking young. And with Ringana, you can do it in a way that’s kind to the environment and your furry friends. So go forth, soak up that Spanish sun (with proper protection, of course), and enjoy your screen time without worrying about the damage it might be doing to your skin. Your future self will thank you.

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