A Lesson in Sun Protection

Summer is right around the corner beauties! Time for a lesson in sun protection to shelter our most precious organ…skin!

If you are like me, sunscreen isn’t exactly in my daily beauty routine. The only time I really think about it is when I am packing for a fabulous beach vacation, and since that does not happen too often, most days I leave my skin fighting unprotected in the battle against harmful UV rays.

Before the 1920’s women would go to extremes to keep their skin protected from the sun. The fairer the skin the more beautiful you were perceived. (What a dream world right?!) This all changed when fashion icon Coco Chanel came back from vacation with bronze skin and made the tan what it is today. While having a tan is considered beautiful, it is actually a sign that the skin is injured.

By the time we reach 18 years of age, we have already received 80% of the sun damage we will do to our bodies in our lifetime. So as we become older and more aware of the dangers of being in the sun, it is more important that ever to protect skin. The damage that is already done is done and cannot be changed, but future damage can be prevented and we all know that it is easier to prevent than cure.

UVA rays cause wrinkles beauties, so be sure that your sunscreen protects against them. (And most do) These pesky rays penetrate the skin more deeply causing up to 90% of sun damage. UVB rays cause sunburns and are the main cause of skin cancer.

SPF, sun protection factor, is the varying degrees of protection that sunscreen provide, right? WRONG. Most of us think the higher the spf, the higher the protection and this is just not true. What these numbers actually signify is the amount of time the sunscreen will protect skin. So for example, if it takes about 8 minutes for skin to burn in the sun, an spf of 8 would protect the skin 8 times as long which equals 64 minutes. And an spf of 15 would give you protection for 120 minutes. So while my fair skinned friends immediately reach for an spf of 50 or more, it really isn’t necessary. An spf 15 is all the average person needs on a day to day basis. Just remember to reapply about every 2 hours for maximum sun protection.

We need sun protection 24/7, everyday, all of the time. Got it Beauties?! It doesn’t matter if we are taking a drive in the car, walking down the street, or sitting on the beach with a pina colada in hand. SUN SCREEN IS IMPORTANT!! UVA and UVB rays can harm your skin at anytime, anywhere. Thanks to major skincare companies for jumping onto the skin protection trend due to the rise in skin cancer, you no longer have to buy the sunscreen at target that makes you smell like a pool. There are plenty of lotion companies that have really good smelling moisturizers with an spf in them for everyday protection! You know you are already using a lotion so just try to find one with an spf and you will be golden…well hmmm that’s not the best analogy. Likewise, using a moisturizer with an spf for the face is so super important. The skin on our face is much more susceptible to harmful rays and needs to be protected.

Sunscreen is required by the FDA to last 3 years, so that is what you can expect from its shelf life. If you cannot remember how old it is or if it smells funny, toss it!! When in doubt, throw it out!!

Happy Summer my Beauties!

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