Summer is here! That means the sun is radiating on full blast, but it also means your body is being exposed to more UVA and UVB rays. No one loves slathering on sunscreen, but it’s a must when it comes to making sure your skin is healthy and prevent premature aging. Here’s what you should know about sunscreen (but probably don’t).
You need more than you think. Although it might feel like you have enough, most likely it’s not. Experts recommend applying at least 1 oz every two hours to be sure you have the best coverage.
Don’t waste money on sunscreens with SPF over 50. There is no data that proves any significant difference between SPF 50 and SPF 100 and the protection it offers. It’s pretty much just a sales gimmick.
Steer clear of sunscreens that include Vitamin A. Also known as retinyl palmitate, Vitamin A does not react well with the sun and could actually facilitate the development of cancerous skin lesions or tumors.
Make sure your sunscreen is “broad spectrum” and water-resistant. Broad spectrum means that it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. And, of course, being water-resistant will help the sunscreen stick when you get in the pool.
Watch the expiry date. Sunscreens usually come with a use-by date and if it is used after that date, it will be less effective. Leaving it in the car can also cause it to lose its effectiveness when the heat causes the sunscreen to separate.
Don’t forget your lips! Keep your lips protected with a lip balm that includes SPF.
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