[HEALTH & BEAUTY] Summertime Skin Care

IMG_2116Summer is here! And, it’s time for some fun in the sun! Also, it’s a great time to remind us of the importance of protecting our skin from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

Whether you’re heading to the beach, going hiking, or enjoying your daily stroll, how can you protect your skin and still have fun in the sun?

Use sunscreen. Sunscreen with an SPF (sun screen factor) of 30 or higher that offers broad spectrum coverage can better protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Overexposure to rays can lead to wrinkles and premature aging, so be sun-safe and choose the appropriate sunscreen.

Similarly, wear sunglasses that offer your eyes broad coverage from the sun’s harmful rays. To protect your skin further, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and hats that shield your face and body. And, seek shade. Walk on the shady side of the street, enjoy the coolness under beach umbrellas and trees, or stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.

Your skin is the largest bodily organ. So, be sun-savvy and protect your skin as best you can. Have a wonderful Summer!

A Common Question About Sunscreen…

Summer Vacation

Summer is here! And, a question we’re often asked is…”What’s the best sunscreen to use?”

We tend to think of using sunscreen more during the Summertime since the sun is stronger and the days are hotter. Yet, it’s important to wear sunscreen on sunny, cloudy and cold-weather days to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year-round.

It’s best to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays that can damage your skin, cause premature aging and could lead to skin cancer. The majority of skin cancer cases occur on areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun such as the face, hands, ears and neck, so be extra diligent when applying sunscreen to those areas. If you frequently forget to apply sunscreen, try using a daily all-over-body moisturizer that already includes an SPF (sun protection factor).

Look for products that have an SPF of 30 or higher and that include titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, a powdered mineral that provides more natural protection. And, look for products that are free of artificial chemicals such as homosalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, petrochemicals, PABA, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.

In addition to using the proper sunscreen, there are several things you can do to further protect your skin.

1) Keep covered. Clothing can offer a moderate amount of protection from UV rays. Wear cotton and breathable material to keep cool and to get some protection. Or, wear clothing with sun protection technology already built in.

2) Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and eyes from damaging rays.

3) Stay indoors between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm when the rays are strongest.

4) Seek shade. Umbrellas and natural shade can also offer moderate protection.

Remember…your skin is your largest bodily organ, so protect it and be kind to it this Summer and all year round!