It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearing the halfway summertime mark. And for a lot of us, that means it’s time to purchase another bottle of sunscreen to protect ourselves from the threat of premature aging, and even more so, skin cancer.
With so many sunscreen products to choose from even the greatest of maximum sun protectors won’t work well if we don’t apply it right. If you thought that sunscreen is just something you lather on once a while when you’re outside, you may want to think again.
Skin safety is a progressive area in science. It changes with new discoveries to protect us from harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation penetrates into deeper levels of the skin while UVB affects the first layer of skin which is responsible for sunburns. This means that even if you’re not susceptible to sunburns, you still receive sun damage via UVA rays.
Repeated studies have shown that 90 percent of premature wrinkles and skin cancer diagnosis is a direct result of the sun. Sunscreen is the answer to these problems.
The first step in picking the right sunscreen includes broad spectrum formulas. Choose wisely with an SPF of at least 15. Above all, keep your eye out for key ingredients like such as:
• Titanium dioxide
• Zinc oxide
Sunscreens aren’t like they used to be — those heavy and thick creams are a thing of the past.
One sunscreen growing in popularity is the SPF 55 Skin Care Heaven Sheer Shake Sunscreen. It’s an ultra lightweight and sheer sunscreen which offers UVA and UVB sun protection. On top of that critical protection, this featherweight sunscreen offers anti-aging properties with antioxidant ingredients such as vitamin E, green tea and Co-Q10. It’s like having two products in one bottle.
Another advanced technology sunscreen is La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. This La Roche Posay skin care product is oil free, sheer, absorbs quickly, and is water resistant. As a long-lasting sun protector, it’s enriched with a senna alata leaf extract, which protects the skin with powerful antioxidants.
Whatever product you choose, studies repeatedly show that people don’t apply the recommended amount of sunscreen. Instead, they only put on half of what is directed. With these kinds of odds, the product can’t sufficiently do its job.
The rule of thumb is about 40 ml of sunscreen which is equivalent to a handful, or a little more than a shot glass. Please don’t be frugal with it.
To get the highest amount of solar defense, apply your sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. Also, be sure your skin is dry so it can properly absorb.
While putting on your screen, have a mental checklist of areas on the body that are sometimes forgotten and susceptible to sunburn:
• Back of legs
• Tops of hands and feet
• Scalp (if there is a receding hairline, buzz haircut, or a part is exposed)
When it comes to reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, a lot of people have their own definition on what that means. Skin care professionals agree that the second application round should be about 30 minutes after you’re out in the sun.
Why so quick?
Because people tend not to use much the first time, the second sunscreen session adds another level of effectiveness and sometimes matches what you needed in the first place. After that, reapplication can be every couple of hours.
That two hour time frame changes, though, if you’ve just come back from a swim or perspire. After you dry yourself off, reapply your sunscreen right away.
Even though you may be following strict sunscreen guidelines, it’s still a good idea to give yourself a break from the sun throughout the day. The sun is most powerful between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. So go ahead and find some shade and retreat indoors for a little while.
If the skies are overcast you still need protection. Don’t let those cloudy summertime days fool you because 80 percent of ultraviolet rays still penetrate through.
One area of protection we don’t want to forget is a SPF lip balm. Like other parts of the body, lips are at risk for burns and skin cancer.
Try and make sunscreen a part of your daily lifestyle and not just during the summertime. It’s the easiest solution you can find when it comes to looking young and staying healthy.