Let’s hear it for the sunshine! I’m one of those people who loves being outside, loves sunny summer weather, and even prefers the heat over the cold (there’s no debate!). So as my favorite time of year quickly approaches, you’ll hopefully find me lakeside, in cutoffs, every weekend.
As we all start dreaming of (socially distanced) beach days and backyard picnics…it’s so important to take a minute and focus on sun care, and protecting our skin.
In this post I’m sharing some facts on the importance of sun care, my top 10 tips for protecting your skin from harmful rays…plus my favorite sun-care products for your face and body.
The risks of sun damage are seriously not worth it….
In a nutshell, UV radiation is extremely damaging to skin and is the leading cause of skin cancer. But there’s more to it you should know. UV radiation comes in two forms, UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays are the ones most closely linked with cancer or melanoma. They also cause those painful and glaring sunburns. They usually can’t reach you through windows or glass…which is why we usually don’t get sunburns indoors, even on a sunny day. Almost all sunscreen is made to protect against these types of rays.
UVA rays are a different story. They can pass through glass and harm your skin, even if you’re inside. While they aren’t as responsible for causing skin cancer, UVA rays do cause skin to wrinkle, discolor and age prematurely. Furthermore, UVA rays can damage your skin in as soon as 15 minutes of exposure.
Luckily, there are several habits and tons of products out there you can utilize to protect your skin as we start spending more time in the sunshine.
1. Don’t forget to protect ALL your parts.
When it comes to sunscreen, it’s not just your chest and shoulders that you need to worry about. Always apply lotion to your entire face and neck, as well as your lips (which are actually the most vulnerable to sun damage) and scalp!! And always wear sunglasses in the sun when you can, to protect your EYES from UV rays.
2. Wear sunscreen (esp. on your face) every day. Period.
No exceptions here. Even when you’re going to be inside, you still need protection from harmful UVA rays that can penetrate glass. You should ESPECIALLY lather up if you’re going on a plane, where those rays will be exponentially stronger from 30,000 feet.
3. Check the expiration dates.
Sunscreen doesn’t last forever. And when the products expire, their sun protecting qualities fade away. Not to mention, bacteria can form, or it could irritate your skin.
4. You don’t need to find the highest SPF possible.
May seem counterintuitive, especially for those of you are super fair skinned, but according to experts, anything higher than SPF 60 is probably misleading and not actually any more protective than those with lower SPFs.
5. Look for sunscreens without added vitamin A.
So it turns out that there is too much of a good thing. Some studies show that added vitamin A can actually aid in the development of skin cancer.
6. Also be sure to get sunscreen with added UVA protection.
Most sunscreens on the market already protect against UVB rays, which are the ones that can cause cancer, but they don’t all automatically protect against UVA rays (which can harm you indoors). So make sure you buy a product that explicitly says it has added UVA protection.
7. Don’t forget to reapply, especially if you’re sweating or swimming.
Fact: sunscreen wears off. It’s recommended that you reapply it about every 2 hours or so. If you’re swimming or sweating…make that every hour.
8. Make it easy to always be protected.
Carry a travel size sunscreen for your body and/or face in your purse so you always have it on you. I keep one in my purse, in my gym bag, and in my go-to travel tote.
9. Lay on the lipstick!
So it turns out that lipstick can actually shield your lips from harmful rays. Using tints darker than your lips can help protect against sun damage. Break out that statement red!
10. Don’t forget after-sun care.
Spending time in the sun causes your skin your lose moisture and become inflamed. Start tackling it as soon as you’re out of the sun for the day, by applying some kind of after-sun treatment, which could include aloe vera, coconut oil or an after-sun lotion.
Everyday Lotion SPF 30 with Sunflower Extract
Glowscreen SPF 40 (Primer)
The Jet Set SPF Kit (all your travel size needs)
Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
After-sun Watermelon Face Mask
$3.00 (ON SALE!)
Coola liplux SPF 30
Burt’s Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After-sun Lotion
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
ANOTHER REASON I LOVE SUPERGOOP SO MUCH:
THEY ARE REEF FRIENDLY
This is something you don’t hear about enough in my opinion… sunscreen and skincare is soooo important, but so many popular products you see on the shelves are made with certain ingredients that are super harmful to coral reefs and marine life!
According to NOAA, these are the chemicals to look out for: Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide
Which brings me back to my point… all of Supergoop’s products are made reef-safe formulas that don’t contain any of these harmful chemicals. Nothing but safe, natural ingredients that are good for your skin and good for the planet. It doesn’t get better than that.
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