Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun? If you do, you most likely know how important it is to wear sunscreen. But did you know that for many, wearing sunscreen gives people a false sense of protection. Here are some tips to keep yourself from being at risk for signs of premature aging and melanoma.
NOTE: These tips are not meant to take the place of advice or medical care given by your dermatologist or health professional.
Make sure to apply sunscreen correctly. Typical sunscreens protect against UVB rays. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 99% of UVB rays. While this is great to know, be sure to reapply ever few hours. As you can see, your sunscreen may prevent you from getting sunburn, but remember that sunburn occurs when you have had too much sun for your skin type … a sure sign that you should get in the shade. So, thanks to your SPF 30, you are most likely spending three to four times longer in the sun than you should be without reapplying protection from the sun.
Read the labels of your sunscreen products. Ideally, look for a sunscreen that is a broad spectrum SPF to get optimal coverage. Sunscreens today do a great job of protecting against UVB, but UVA rays are most responsible accelerated aging and an increased likelihood for melanoma. This is another great reason to be sure you’re reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day.
Sunscreens don’t have to be oily and gross. We’ve all experienced the oily, sticky feeling we get from putting on sunscreen. In fact, I’d bet this is one of the main reasons people choose to leave it off while outdoors. And the higher the SPF, the more ingredients are necessary to protect your skin. Therefore, the higher the SPF you use, the more you’ll feel that heavy, greasy feeling. Believe it or not, a good product with an SPF 15 or 30 used every day and reapplied every few hours is significantly more effective than an SPF 100 that you do not want to use because of how it feels on your skin.
Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and sunglasses. According to the American Cancer Society, wearing long sleeves, hats and sunglasses can really help block UV rays. You’ll benefit more from wearing tightly knit clothes in dark colors, hats with at least a 2-3 inch brim and sunglasses that are labeled “blocks UVA/UVB”.
Use a good skincare regimen. Erase the appearance of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness and discoloration with a skin care regimen that includes ingredients designed to visibly brighten, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and defend against sun exposure. This provides a long-term solution for a radiant complexion.
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