Sunscreen use is essential every day if you will be outside, including short travel in your vehicle. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.
Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays that reach the earth – ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Overexposure to either can lead to skin cancer. In addition to causing skin cancer, here’s what each of these rays do:
UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass.
UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass.
The best type of sunscreen is the one you will use again and again. Just make sure it offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, an SPF of 30 or greater which blocks 97% of the sun’s rays, and is water resistant. Higher number SPF blocks slightly more of the sun’s rays but no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays. High-number SPFs last the same amount of time as low-number SPFs and should be applied approximately every two hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Follow the guideline of "enough to fill a shot glass", which is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size. Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.
Many people appreciate brush on minerals SPF which applies like a loose or pressed makeup powder onto the skin and acts as a barrier (or umbrella) to reflect harmful rays. Excellent for travel and children.
Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet.
Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a professional. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
I highly recommend Eminence Organics Sun Defense minerals (SPF 30), Red Currant Day Cream SPF 32 or Jane Iredale Amazing Base or pressed powder (SPF 20)
Stop by and ask me for an application or a sample to see which SPF is best for you.