We all know that sun exposure is bad for us. It causes premature aging, sun spots, cancer.. We certainly don’t want that, but we can’t stay all day locked up inside, can we? And are we really safe inside, anyway? Well, if you follow these 4 simple tips you will be safe everywhere, whether you’re at home, driving, or spending time outdoors:
1. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin areas
Did you know that most people only apply 1/3 to 1/2 of the recommended amount of sunscreen? That’s because they only use a small amount and that just won’t do! To get the level of SPF stated on the bottle, you need to apply a thick layer of sunscreen on all areas that are gonna be exposed to the sun, including your ears, neck, hands and lips. It is true that some sunscreens are too thick, greasy and goopey, which can put you off from applying them liberally or even daily! However, that just means they’re not suitable for your skin type so keep experimenting until you find one that feels comfortable on your skin.
2. Use mineral powders with SPF throughout the day
Although some sunscreen ingredients are more stable than others, they all can degrade and lose their efficacy when exposed to sunlight, which is why it is important to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. But that’s not really possible when you have a full face of makeup on, is it? So, what can you do? You can dust on a mineral powder with SPF (ie one that contains either Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide). Although powders don’t protect your skin as well as a sunscreen does and thus should never be used as a substitute for it, if you spend most of your day indoors, they are a good way to touch up your sunscreen throughout the day. But if you’re spending hours outdoors, swimming or sweating, then you’ll just have to reapply sunscreen as a powder just won’t provide adequate protection.
3. Beware of windows
UVA rays (the type that causes premature aging and contributes to cancer) can pass through windows and thus cause damage to your skin. So, remember to always wear sunscreen before you get into your car and try not to spend too much time near a window. For more protection, you can consider tinting your car windows and put sheds on your windows (even on those in your office).
4. Wear sun protective clothes and accessories
Most clothes only provide 5 to 9 SPF, so if you like to spend a lot of time in the sun, you should invest in some sun protective clothing that can offer up to SPF 50. Also, wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV ray protection (keep in mind though that dark lenses don’t necessarily protect from the sun rays so look for a model that claim to offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays instead) to protect your eyes, and a wide-brimmed hat (choose an opaque, tightly-woven one) to protect your scalp and hair.
Have you got any other sun protection tips you can share?