Sunscreen Just Isn't For Summer

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Sunscreen just isn’t for hot summer days. It’s something that should be applied every single day of the year. Although it is deceiving, about 80 percent of ultra violet rays still seep its way through overcast skies damaging skin and causing premature aging.

Anytime someone is outdoors they are at risk for sun damage. And yes, that includes playing sports, gardening, or even just walking the dog. Don’t forget that snow and sand reflection also boosts the exposure to UV rays.

In addition to premature aging, reports estimate that skin cancer is still a disease to contend with for both men and women. That’s why sunscreen is so important.

Here are some valuable tips into different ways of shielding your skin to keep it healthy and young.

SUNSCREEN 101

Sun protection is found in organic and non-organic formulas. On the shelves they come in gels, sprays, lotions, creams, sticks, and powder forms. The most important one to buy is a product that offers a broad spectrum which simply means it protects the user from UVA and UVB rays.

Those who love using organic products will more than likely find the following ingredients:

  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate

  • Homosalate

  • Octocrylene

  • Titanium Dioxide 2.0%

For the most part, organic sunscreens are paraben and fragrance free. But check the labels to make sure. Because UVA and UVB sunscreen offer the best protection out there, double-check that the vegetarian ingredients in the bottle offer it, as well.

Non-organic sunscreen manufacturers not only offer sun protection but their ingredients may also include anti-aging and skin recovery ingredients.

And these days, sunscreens are non-greasy, absorb quickly and are featherweight. Even those with acne prone skin can find the perfect product that meet their skin care needs.

Important ingredients to look for in these products are:

  • Ecamsule

  • Avobenzone

  • Oxybenzone

  • Sulisobenzone

  • Titanium dioxide

  • Zinc oxide

Last but not least, a tinted moisturizer may offer a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 45. Avid users of them love its light, natural coverage.

Healthcare professionals recommend using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher and to consider a waterproof one, too.

APPLICATION TIPS

The best time to apply sunscreen is 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. And please don’t be stingy with it. The rule of thumb is a “shot-size” glass serving or more for an adult body. Research has shown that not enough people use sunscreen and remain unprotected.

Don’t let the “long-lasting” words on the bottle think sunscreen is only applied once a day. A solar defense needs to be applied every two to three hours when outdoors. And if the product is not waterproof, rub it back in after sweating or following a swim.

The most common places people forget to apply sunscreen are:

  • Ears

  • Back of legs

  • Feet

  • Top of hands

  • Scalp (if there is a receding hairline or one wears a buzz cut)

While sunscreen is one surefire way to keep skin looking youthful and healthy, add in some other skin saving tools like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and retreat to shady areas whenever possible.

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