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Why Do You Need Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day?


Why Do You Need Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day?

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When there’s no sun shining outside, it’s easy to skip the sun screen. When it’s overcast or extremely cloudy outside, these clouds can actually increase UV levels.

What are UV levels you ask? Let me explain!

UV Levels or forecast: This is a forecast of the amount of skin damaging UV radiation expected to reach the Earth’s surface at the time when the sun is the highest in the sky (typically around midday). The higher the UV levels, the greater the rate of skin damaging and eye damaging UV radiation. (1)


Difference between UVA and UVB Rays:

UVA: Long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) – these are the most damaging rays to the skin as they penetrate down deep into the dermis. UVA rays play a greater role in premature skin aging, including wrinkle formation, age spots, dilated blood vessels, spider veins, and “freckles”. There are approximately 500 times more UVA rays than UVB

UVB: Short wave ultraviolet B (UVB) – these are the rays that will typically burn the first few layers of skin. The intensity of these rays usually vary by season, time of day, and location. UVB rays also play a great deal into causing skin cancers, and melanoma (2).


There really is no such thing as a sunless day. For minimum sun protection factor – or SPF for daily wear should be at least 15. Products containing zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or Parsol 1789 are broad spectrum – meaning they block BOTH UVB and UVB rays (3).


If you want to protect yourself from UVB and UVA rays, it’s smart to cover up when applicable, wear sun glasses, a hat, and stay protected with SPF 15 or higher. Always re-apply after you’ve been exposed to moisture or after a high-sweat condition.



Here at Natural Home Brands, we think it’s important to stay protected and prevent skin cancer. We have added a new line to our Natural products, and the line WILL be expanding as time goes on. Our sun protection is made with ingredients that are certified organic to USDA/NOP standards. We’ve made it compactible for easy carry – just toss in your backpack, or purse and SPF protection will be there 

Lip balms are SPF 15

Sunsticks are SPF 30

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