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!