Okay, I just lured you in here to talk to you about sunscreen…. Now, don’t go away! You may think you know what you need to know about sun protection but just in case, let’s review!
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The sun causes 80% of the aging damage seen on the skin as you get older. The key is to get in the habit of protecting your skin way before you see the signs of aging (actually, starting in the stroller is best). Casual sun exposure can cause you just as many problems as sunbathing. You don’t even have to be in a window just near a window to damage the skin. Especially in a car.
When: A morning application is a great place to start but then you need to reapply. Perfect timing would be at lunch and then again for the trip home and evening. If you don’t see your self reapplying 2 more times then be sure to get another layer on in the afternoon when sun is at it’s worst for damage. This means a tube or a sunscreen powder brush in your purse.
Where: The three keys areas to protect daily are face, neck, chest and hands.
What: 30 SPF (sun protection factor) or higher is the gold standard unless you are in the sun at your desk then a 50 SPF is recommended. Zinc oxide is the best ingredient for blocking the different harmful rays of the sun. The more zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the better your protection. Makeup will help the face only. Get an oil free formula or powder for reapplying so you don’t have to worry about your makeup or breakouts for layering products.
When: 15 to 30 minutes prior to exposure then reapply every one and a half to two hours unless you have tendency to burn.
Where: Everywhere skin is showing and get under clothing a little way, too. Those places that are missed make for funny burn lines and sleepless nights.
What: 30 SPF and up. The higher the SPF the more coverage you get but don’t be fooled that you are protected any longer than 1½ to 2 hours. Especially the face, chest, shoulders, lips and tops of the feet, and even that shaved or bald head. Zinc is especially important in your product.
Golfers, bikers, hikers, swimmers, other outdoor athletes, gardeners and professions that work in the sun have a greater risk or sun damage because your attention is on your task at hand and not how much sun you are getting. Set a timer if you must but reapply every few hours. Dermatologists remove more potentially cancerous spots on this group of individuals than any other.
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