In Western New York, opportunities to soak up the sun are few and far between. That means many of us try to catch as many rays as we can during the summer. Are there risks involved in getting too much sun? Yes? Should we care? Yes! Here’s everything you need to know about how to protect your skin with sunscreen this summer—without sacrificing that sweet summer glow.
1. Sunscreen is essential.
Listen, you need to wear sunscreen. Why? Because it will decrease your risk of skin cancers and pre-cancers. Using sunscreen regularly every day can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (the second most common form of skin cancer) by approximately 40%. It will also lower your risk of melanoma (one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer) by 50%.
2. A little SPF goes a long way.
SPF-15 is ideal for everyday, occasional exposure, like walking your dog or driving to work. SPF-30 or higher is necessary for extended outdoor activities, such as running, hiking, swimming, and outdoor sports. Do you work outdoors? SPF-30 is an absolute must.
3. What even is SPF, anyway?
The number in an SPF rating tells you how long it will take for the sun’s UV rays to redden your skin if you apply the sunscreen exactly as directed (compared to the amount of time without wearing sunscreen. So if you apply an SPF-30 product properly, it would take 30 times longer to burn your skin that if you were wearing no sunblock at all.
4. Sunscreen blocks UV radiation.
Mineral sunscreen ingredients include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which deflect the sun’s rays before they penetrate your skin. Chemical ingredients include avobenzone and octisalate, which absorb UV rays before they can damage your skin.
5. We recommend Glytone Hydra Lipid UV Mineral Sunscreen.
Available for $36 at the Southgate Skin Center, this mineral sunscreen helps protect, defend, and hydrate your skin all at the same time. More than just boost the moisture content of your skin, though, Glytone Hydra Lipid UV Mineral Sunscreen will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to boot. Want to stay safe from the sun and hydrate your skin at the same time? This is for you!
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6. Sunscreen prevents premature skin aging.
Too much fun in the sun might feel good at the time, but it can make you look older over time. Wrinkles. Sagging. Age spots. These are all detriments of absorbing too much sun. If you ask us, those are three solid reasons to wear sunblock.
7. Apply sunscreen every day you spend in the sun.
Headed to the beach? Boat? Music festival? Apply SPF-30 sunscreen (or higher) to all your exposed body parts 30 minutes before heading out, and then reapply every two hours from there. (You should need only an ounce of sunscreen for your entire body. Remember to immediately reapply sunblock after swimming or sweating.
8. Sunscreen is for men, women, and children.
Some guys don’t like to wear sunscreen, usually because they think they’re tough or something? We’re not exactly sure. Haha. Imagine thinking you’re stronger than the sun. The sun! It’s just not possible. Even if you’re a person who tans easily, the sun can still damage your skin, so just put on the sunblock that you like best and you should be good to go.
Important: Babies 6 months old or younger must stay out of the sun entirely! Their skin is too sensitive, so dress the little ones carefully and keep them safe in the shade.
Are you ready to get achieve a safe, healthy, and happy glow?
We’ve got the skincare products and services you need to stay protected this summer and beyond. Come and visit our shop at 1026 Union Road in West Seneca, or contact us today!
Source material: The Skin Cancer Foundation