Sun, Summer, Stay Safe… SPF!

What is the purpose of using a daily SPF?

To protect the skin! Have you heard the news?!   Wearing SPF everyday is truly one of the best Anti-Aging products to commit to using. Whether it is in the summer or dead of winter, the suns UV rays are still powerful & can penetrate through the thickest clouds.  SPF protects the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, lessens the chances of developing skin cancer in later life, & reduces pre-mature aging. If you haven’t been using a sunscreen daily in the past, Start Now!!!

How do I know what level of SPF to wear?

Sunscreens with SPF in ranges 30-50 are most recommended for outdoor activity (look for a water-resistant, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen). Especially when swimming, or engaging in any other sort of physical activity which causes you to sweat, you want to make sure you are re-applying the SPF every 2 hours during the day (for water resistant, broad spectrum spf’s make sure to read the application instructions on the label as they do need to be applied sooner than every 2 hours). Even on days when you think you won’t be outside or in the sun, it is still recommended to use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher (don’t forget that the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through windows)!!!

How often should I reapply sunscreen?

According to the National Skin Cancer Foundation, apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside, & reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. It does not matter how high the SPF level is (whether a 15, 30, or 50) you still need to be reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours. (Be on the lookout in the coming year for new sunscreen labeling rules in regards to application, as issued by the FDA)!

UVA, UVB, or Broad Spectrum?

Always aim to use a Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Sunscreen. You may also find them listed as Multi Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or simply UVA/UVB Spectrum. Both UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the skin and one’s health, so it is best to keep yourself protected from every angle possible!

What’s new in sunscreen products?

The latest trend in sun care protection is Water Resistant Spray Mist Sunscreens! There are a few brands on the market right now, but the one we love the most is Glytone: BS SPF 50+ Water Resistant Spray Mist Sunscreen. The spray function allows you to target those hard to reach places on your body with ease. The sprays are also quick drying, not as thick feeling as lotions, & they glide over hair easily (great for men)!  Also, Neova: DNA Damage Control™ [SILC SHEER 2.0 | SPF 40] is not only a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, but it also has a sheer tint to help even out your skin tone! It gets even better too…the DNA breakthrough technology in this sunscreen actually helps to reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging due to sun exposure + photodamage!!!

For More Information, Please Check Out the National Skin Cancer Foundation’s Website!!!

Check out some of these great SPF products that we carry!!!

Obagi: Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Avene: High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50

Avene: High Protection Tinted Compact

Neova: DNA Damage Control™ [SILC SHEER 2.0 | SPF 40]

Glytone: BS SPF 50+ Water Resistant Spray Mist Sunscreen

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