Being a Florida girl, sun protection is a top priority for me. I'm very fair skinned and I passed along my paleness to my bambinos, so while we love getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather the sunshine state has to offer, I always make sure our skin is properly protected. Plus, I have family members who've had skin cancer. Once you've seen first hand how scary skin cancer is, you definitely realize that catching some rays isn't worth the risk involved with serious sun tanning! And being that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I think now is the perfect time to talk about all the sun care options out there.
Board certified Dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky has 25 years of experience and was kind enough to share her thoughts on the importance of sunscreen with us:
- Sunscreens help to prevent skin cancer but also prevent sun damage that leads to wrinkles, brown blotches, and premature unsightly skin aging called photo-aging.
- The best sunscreens to use are labeled broad spectrum which means they will protect against the UVB rays that cause sun burning and the UVA rays which penetrates more deeply and causes photo-aging. Both UVB and UVA increase skin cancer risk. (UVA is in tanning salon lights and is not safe.)
- Sunscreen should also be water resistant preferably for 80 minutes or longer. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for mild sun exposure. Choose an SPF of 50 or higher for intense Caribbean sun or prolonged USA summer exposure at the beach, golf course or tennis court.
- A higher SPF will help safeguard against errors in uneven application, failure to reapply often enough, sweating or swimming diminishing amount on the skin, or inadvertent rubbing of the product off the skin as with a towel or the brim of a hat.
- Mineral blocks include zinc oxide and titanium oxide and naturally are broad spectrum. Mineral blocks are not absorbed into the body so they are safest to use; they are also not allergenic. While they may cast a whitish hue to the skin after application, a quick dusting with a bronzer powder will take that away and you will look terrific. Some mineral blocks have a make-up color added also.
- For children over 6 months old, follow the labelling recommendations on the sunscreen container. For babies under 6 months old, keep them in the shade; their skin is too porous for sunscreen.
And along that same vein, George Grey of Vernal Skincare had this to say..."The three main types of rays that damage our skin are UVA, UVB, and infrared rays, all of which have the ability to penetrate skin and cause damage to cells and DNA. To adequately shield skin from the sun, sunscreen needs to be part of your daily routine. The most important thing to look for on a label is the term "broad spectrum". This indicates full coverage from the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB radiation, whereas SPF only measures the length of time one is protected from the UVB rays responsible for sunburn."
So, now that we're all on the same page about why we need to wear sunscreen regularly, let's talk about some fabulous sun care products...From sunscreen to after sun products and even natural skin care, I've rounded up a slew of goodies to help you with your sun care needs...Don't neglect any part of you that's exposed to the sun? Remember, even your lips need protection! And if you need some help selecting the right sunscreen for you, EWG has a great guide!
SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 / blisslabs™ active 99.0 anti-aging series uv protect spf 30 / Alba Botanica Sport Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 / June Jacobs Lip Renewal SPF 50 / Shea Terra Kigelia Licorice After Sun Face Creme / Kiss My Face with Any Air Angle Air Power Spray SPF 50 / Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen 50+ SPF / CeraVe Sunscreen for Body SPF 50 / Heliocare Antioxidant Suppplement / Carmex Lip Stick / Herbal Choice Mari Tinted SPF30 Face & Body Lotion / Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
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