Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner and with our love of the California sunshine brings the unfortunate side effects of sun damage. When you are having fun in the sun whether at the beach, out on a bicycle ride or enjoying an afternoon of wine tasting remember to protect your skin from the lasting effects of sun damage.
- Don’t forget sun protection is more than just sunscreen.
Sunscreen is a good start but sunscreen alone cannot protect your skin from sun damage. Remember to protect your face and décolleté with a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing whenever possible.
- Remember One & Done isn’t the rule.
When you apply sunscreen you need to remember that reapplication is key! With prolonged exposure to the sun, time in the water, and physical activity sunscreens lose efficacy and expose your skin to the harmful effects of sun damage. So remember Apply & Reapply often.
- What should I look for in a sunscreen?
Sunscreens come in 2 different forms. Chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as PABA which absorb UV rays and convert the sun’s radiation into heat energy and physical sunscreens (such as zinc and titanium), which deflect and scatter the rays before they penetrate your skin. Both types of sunscreens can be effective if used properly.
- What is the best time to apply your sunscreen?
Always apply your sunscreen at least 15-20 minutes before sun exposure.
- Check the expiration dates?
Sunscreens DO expire and using them past their expiration date can leave your skin exposed.
- Avoid any sunscreens or lip product that contain Vitamin A?
Sunscreens that contain vitamin A, also called Retinyl Palmitate have been shown to cause damage when exposed to the sun! Don’t take the risk.
- Remember any SPF higher then 50, isn’t offering more protection.
According to the FDA, there’s no evidence that an SPF higher then 50 provides any better protection against harmful rays and actually may make us feel overconfident and less likely to reapply.
- Make it a part of your daily routine
Many mineral based sunscreens contain anti-aging moisturizers and have many benefits in addition to protecting your skin from the sun, so go ahead and make it a part of your daily routine.