Sunblock is SUPER important!
Sunshine can make us feel great, but sun exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer and premature aging, including wrinkles, age spots, leatheriness, and broken capillaries. And since sun damage occurs deep in the skin, you may not realize right away how much harm has been done.
Protect yourself this summer with a straightforward battle plan:
1. Use Sunblock Daily
Look for an SPF of at least 15 (30+ if you’re fair-skinned like me). Apply sunblock to all exposed areas, including neck, ears, and the backs of your hands. And girls, this isn’t the time to scrimp: In order to get the full SPF advertised on the bottle, you’ll need to apply an entire shot glass (one ounce). Be sure you lather your kids up on their way out the door too! Even waterproof sunblock does not last more than a couple of hours.
2. Choose Products that Multitask
Simplify your morning routine by choosing skincare and beauty products that have SPF built right in. Many high-quality moisturizers, foundations, and lip balms now come pre-loaded with sunscreen, making basic protection quick and easy. These SPF levels are typically low, however, so if you’re very fair-skinned or will be spending much time in the sun, opt for a higher-powered sunblock.
3. Accessorize Wisely
Sunglasses protect your eyes and prevent you from squinting, decreasing your risk for “crow’s feet” wrinkles, while a wide-brimmed summer hat offers a stylish and effective extra layer of sun protection. It gives me an added excuse to always wear sunglasses, not only because it hides the circle under my eyes! For a sun-kissed look you won’t regret a few years later, apply a light sweep of bronzer to your cheekbones, forehead, and temples.
4. Minimize Burn Damage
If you get sunburned, treat it right away by applying cold, damp washcloths to the affected areas to draw out the heat. Replace the cloths as needed until they’re no longer hot to the touch, then apply a generous coating of all-natural aloe to burned skin.
With these simple steps, you can enjoy the sunshine now while defending your health and beauty for the future! Does everyone use sunblock daily? Do yall wear sunglasses and hats?