Are You Making This Serious Mistake?
Summer is coming up at last. Time to go out with family and friends and enjoy the sun! ONE PROBLEM: you forgot your SUNSCREEN!! Look, I am guilty of going outside most of my life without sunscreen. In fact, I didn’t realize the importance of sunscreen until the sun damage started creeping up on my skin in my early 20’s.
Apply your sunscreen rain or shine
Is sunscreen only needed during summertime? The answer is NO!! It’s actually important to wear sunscreen daily (rain or shine) and I will explain why in this article.
According to AAD.org,”One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer.” This amount is rising due to increased ultraviolet exposure from the sun and tanning beds. One of the most serious types of skin cancer is Melanoma. Your probably wondering what exactly Melanoma is. Melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. So if sun damage didn’t convince you enough to wear sunscreen, I bet now you’re convinced that wearing sunscreen is an absolute MUST!!
Daily sunscreen use prevents sun spots and hyperpigmentation (dark spots)
Sunscreen is also crucial to prevent hyperpigmentation which is when the skin develops darker patches of skin due to excess Melanin production. Therefore, it is important to implement sunscreen in your daily skincare routine to help protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays. Without daily usage of sunscreen, the skin can start to develop a wide array of issues like aging, hyper pigmentation and sun spots.
Check the ingredients in your sunscreen
Whether you use a sunscreen lotion, powder, or spray, choose a product that will be easy for you to reapply every few hours. PRO TIP- Always make sure to check the ingredients of the sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Once you determined the right one for your skin type, your safe to go out and soak up the sun (remember to reapply it every so often).
For ladies, consider a moisturizer or foundation that has sunscreen built into it to save some extra steps. SPF 30 or 50 will provide more than adequate coverage – it blocks up to 96% of the sun’s rays, and protection only increases minimally with higher SPF. Allure.com states, “To get really specific about what SPF (sun protection factor) mans, the percent breakdown is this: SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays; SPF 30 guards against 97 percent, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent.” So based on this research, I recommend a higher level of SPF for protection against sunburn and skin cancer.
My favorite sunscreens are by Obaji Nuderm and Supergoop Unseen sunshield SPF 40.
Obaji Nuderm Matte Sun-shield SPF 50
Obaji’s sunscreen is a matte, sheer formula that according to Obaji, “combines 2 sunscreens to effectively protect your skin from aging, while leaving your skin with a matte finish”. One thing I dislike about many sunscreens is the greasy textures they have, but this one is safe to say its completely matte. The formula is also non-allergenic which makes it perfect to use for all skin types. Another positive feature of this sunscreen is it contains antioxidants like vitamin C and coenzyme Q-10 to prevent free radical damage. Since this sunscreen has SPF 50, it is the perfect sunscreen for days you are going to the pool or going to spend time in the sun.
SUPERGOOP SPF 30
2. Supergoop’s SPF 30 anti aging sunscreen is a multitasking, morning moisturizer that primes and protects. This silky sunscreen serum is power packed with antioxidants like Vitamin E and B5 hydrate and soothe your skin.
This sunscreen helps prevent photoaging. Since it is filled with antioxidants, it helps prevent free radical damage from UV rays, cell oxidation and pollution. Skin types- Ideal for all skin typs, especially combination and oily skin.
3. EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 sunscreens is also oil-free and helps calm and sooth sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and discoloration. This mineral-based face sunscreen is lightweight and silky.
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 sunscreen is also oil-free and helps calm and sooth sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and discoloration. I recommend this sunscreen for acne-prone, rosacea, and clients with hyperpigmentation.
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