The month of July brings us another reminder to raise awareness for the damaging effects the sun can have on our skin. It’s UV Awareness Month and we’re breaking down the different types of UV rays, how they affect skin and steps to stay safe and protect your skin from photoaging, skin cancer and other risks.
Many people don’t realize ultraviolet rays are a form of radiation. The main source of UV radiation is the sun, but it can also be emitted from manmade sources like tanning beds and welding torches. The radiation spectrum ranges from very high energy, such as x-rays and gamma rays, to very low energy, such as radio waves. UV rays have more energy than visible light, but not as much energy as x-rays.