Ok, so I don’t actually sleep in sunscreen but I have contemplated it. Why? Sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays…. But what does that even mean? I am going to give you the low down on sunscreen and why it is so important. I mean c’mon do you really want to look like this when you’re older: (yikes!)
Most people don’t wear sunscreen on a regular basis, they say: “I am going to be sitting at a desk all day, inside, so what’s the point?” The only time they slab on the sunscreen is when they are planning on spending a day outdoors. Reality check- just walking from your car to the office building is enough to expose your skin to the harsh rays that cause skin damage and cancer. But… because skin cancer isn’t an instant dis-gratification it doesn’t affect people’s decision to apply sunscreen every day.
Did you know?
Ninety percent of skin aging is due to sun exposure, not simply a natural effect of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries, and dry patches)
Q&A By: Jena Lee Rumer
Q: Why wear sunscreen?
You’ve probably heard it all before, the dangers and risks that go along with exposing your skin to the sun. And while you know the facts, it’s sometimes still too tempting to go out there and get that Caribbean glow. It may seem worth it to you now, but the harm you are doing won’t pay off. In addition to the more obvious signs of damage like burning and peeling, extensive exposure to the sun can lead to many forms of skin cancer. Damage can also show up later in the form of wrinkles, sunspots, and leathering skin– yuck!
Q: Sunscreen is only for the beach, right?
Wrong! While sunscreen is a beach bag essential, it should also be your daily go-to product. The sun’s rays are powerful enough to do damage even when you are covered up – so whatever the weather, season, or time of day, make sure you’re protected! An easy way to do this is to make sunscreen part of your morning routine. Swap out your everyday lotion for one that contains SPF.
Q: SPF, UVA, UVB, what’s the difference?
Does SPF 50 really protect you any more than SPF 15? The answer is yes, but there’s a lot more you need to consider when choosing the right protection. It’s important to select a sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher. If you are fair skinned or prone to burning, it’s especially important to go with at least a SPF 35. But keep this in mind – just because you are using a high SPF doesn’t mean you’re protected longer. Whether you use 15 or 75, you must reapply your sunscreen every two hours. When picking a sunscreen, you should also pay attention to two types of UV rays – UVB and UVA. Both types can cause serious damage, so look for phrases such as “broad spectrum” or “UVB/UVA protection” to ensure complete protection against both.
Q: What’s the best sunscreen for me?
With the endless selection of sunscreens to choose from, picking the right one can feel overwhelming. But each type has its own set of perks and problems, so knowing what you want before you hit the stores can help make the choosing process easier.
- Lotions: Lotions are easy to find and come in a range of different SPFs. They are a great option if you have dry to normal skin since they not only protect but moisturize. When it comes to applying lotions, you want to use about an ounce for your entire body.
- Sprays: Sprays and mists are hassle-free and easy-to-use, making us more inclined to reapply our sunscreen every two hours. But don’t forget to rub them in or you’ll risk a streaky tan! This mist gives off a cool burst, making it instantly refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
- Sticks: Sunscreen sticks are a perfect way to apply sunscreen to your face or touch up any extra sun-sensitive spots. Sticks can also double as lip protection to help keep your pout moisturized and safe from the sun.
- Sweat-Proof: Did you know that waterproof sunscreens have been taken off the market? If you plan on being active or spending the day in the waves, look for a “sport” or “sweat-proof” sunscreen that will stay put while you play.
- Oil-Free: If your skin is extra sensitive or prone to breakouts, an oil-free option is right for you. Oil-free sunscreens are less greasy than other types and tend to feel lighter on your skin.
Ok, that should have answered some of your basic questions on why you should be applying sunscreen every day. For some of you this is an eye-opener because you don’t even wear sunscreen. We all have to start somewhere, so here are some tips to help you get there.
Buy a sunscreen that has few chemicals/ingredients – we don’t need to be slabbing on any extra chemicals that we are not already getting from this polluted earth.
I would recommend Loving Naturals Sunscreen, from Head to Toe Organics. For beginners, add a little of the sunscreen to your daily moisturizer. If you are veteran in sunscreen application then just remember that sunscreen should be the last skincare item applied to your skin.
Spending the day outside:
Protect the lips:
Now that you realize the importance of sunscreen and sunblocks…..time to take some notes:
Rookies: I know this is a lot for you to take in and may be overwhelming.
Start by applying sunscreen every day to your face and neck. You can add it to your daily moisturizer or better yet, buy a moisturizer and sunscreen in one. Just start somewhere!
I also assume a lot of the rookies are tanning bed junkies… tanning on the beach junkies….. and that could be a post all on its own. Try a challenge for me. SPRAY TAN!!!
Veterans: You have been applying sunscreen to your face every day, now it’s time to apply it to your body. If you have skin showing, sunscreen should be applied there. Yes, our face is more sensitive to the sun then the rest of our body but it is still very important to protect our entire bodies.
This was a tough thing for me to incorporate so I add sunscreen to my morning oil massage. I put oil in the palm of my hand and squeeze in a little sunscreen. It’s just like you are applying lotion all over your body. Simple.
A great product for the veterans to try is Argan Oil with SPF 30, from Head To Toe Organics. MUST TRY! Gives you that beautiful glow and it’s a sunscreen. Can’t go wrong. (and no I don’t work for Head to Toe Organics, just LOVE their products)
When the sun goes down it doesn’t mean the sunscreen stops getting applied….. Stop viewing sunscreen as a “sunshine” product. Applying sunscreen should be like brushing your teeth. Something that needs to be occurring EVERYDAY regardless of the weather or the amount of time you spend outside.
Got it! Get it! Use it!