Why You Need to Make Sunscreen Your Business This Summer
What’s not to love about summer? The days are long, the weather is downright gorgeous, and there is plenty of sunshine full of vitamin D to go around. Whether your summer plans take you to the top of a mountain or lakeside, you’ll likely be getting your fair share of sun which is why we cannot stress how important it is to wear sunscreen.
So, what is the deal with SPF? And how much do I need?
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a number that indicates the level sun protection from UVB rays (the rays that cause sunburns and skin cancer) the product has. Anything with an SPF of 30 and above should do the trick as it protects your skin from 97% of the sun’s UVB rays.
SPF does become ineffective over time so be sure to replace your sunscreen by the product’s expiration date for maximum sun protection. The sun also emits UVA rays, which can prematurely age skin and also cause skin cancer (no thank you). Look for products with the label Broad Spectrum skin shield and a high SPF for the most skin protection to keep your skin gorgeous and youthful.
Did you know you can add SPF to your clothing too? The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a product called SunGuard that you add to your laundry. Some clothes even have sun protection, called Ultraviolet Protection Factor, built into their fabrics. UV rays can permeate through fabric without UPF so you should apply sunscreen to all areas of skin- not just the areas that come in direct contact with the sun.
Lotion, Spray or Stick?
The answer is… it depends. There are pros and cons to all forms.
- Lotions tend to be more hydrating, but are typically consumed by the skin faster than a spray.
- Sprays are easy to apply and are effective as long as you make sure to rub all the product into your skin. However, if you have respiratory problems a spray might not be best.
- Stick sunscreen for lack of a better word is, well, stickier. Its formula is ideal for activities causing sweat and where water may be involved.
If you are six months or younger, no lotions, sprays, or sticks for you. You’ll have to settle for a hat or sun protective clothing.
Can I use sunscreen all over my body?
Technically, yes. However, normal sunscreen formulas tend to be thicker and less ideal for faces that are sensitive or acne prone. Face sunscreens are specially formulated for this reason and to combat aging.
When should I wear it?
All the time! Seriously, even in winter you are susceptible to UVA and UVB rays. You should apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or immediately after you get out of the water.
Okay, is there anything else I should know?
Be sure to reach all the hard to miss, or commonly forgotten areas, like the feet, back of the hands, the entire back, and hairline. And don’t forget chapstick! Lips can get sunburnt too.
Now go enjoy basking in the glow of summer with a healthy coat of sunscreen.