Sunscreen Facts

Sun Damage

An important fact to keep in mind is that tanned skin, is damaged skin. The sun gives off two types of rays: UVB and UVA. UVB rays cause mostly sunburns and skin cancer, while UVA rays mostly cause aging and wrinkles. These rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.

Sunscreen Usage

It is recommended by Dermatologists to use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Look for products that are water-resistant and label themselves as “broad-spectrum”. This will ensure that you are protected from both types of rays. Don’t forget that sunscreen should be worn for every season, even if it seems cold and cloudy outside. Make it a part of your daily routine by purchasing moisturizers with SPF protection. Remember to put it on about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply at least every 2 hours and after you sweat or swim. One of the most popular sunscreens sold worldwide is the Elta MD SPF which is great for all skin types, and does not leave a white cast or heavy feeling on the skin.

Protect your Eyes

The skin around the eyes are one of the first areas that show signs of aging. Keep the area shielded from the sun by wearing sunglasses that are labeled to block 99 percent of UV rays.

Keep your Lips Moisturized

Apply a lip protection balm continuously throughout the day. The thin-skin on our lips is vulnerable to sun damage.

Give a Hat a Try

A brimmed hat will act to protect the skin on your face, ears, and neck from the sun. Opt for a larger brim (2-3 inches minimum) in order to protect as much skin as possible.

Don’t Worry…

Keeping your skin protected from sun damage does not mean that you have to forgo the beautiful glow of tanned skin. Try tinted moisturizers or self-tanning creams. These products will give you a safe way to obtain that beautiful sun-kissed complexion.

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