Posted by ospabychelsea on February 25, 2009 at 12:21 PM
As spring and summer take the stage, remember that the sun and its ultraviolet rays have the greatest impact on how our skin ages. Frequent exposure will weaken the elasten and collagen fibers of the skin at a much quicker rate!
Helpful tips when selecting skin protection:
- Only a broad spectrum sun block has both UVA and UVB protection.
- There are different types of sun blocks to choose from. One type uses physical agents, another uses chemical agents and some use both of these agents. Physical agents are gentle enough for every day use and tend to be accepted easier, even by those with sensitive skin. Keep in mind it is recommended that you reapply every 2 hours that you are exposed to sunlight. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are two types of physical sunblocks that both offer protection against UVA and UVB rays. They work by scattering and reflecting uv radiation from the sun before it even hits your skin.
- Although an spf of 15 is commonly suggested, remember that it is the least amount recommended and there are others, such as spf 30, that provide significantly better protection.
- To better understand the "sun protection factor", take the amount of minutes it usually takes for you to burn in the sun with no protection and multiply it by the spf you have chosen. The total is how many minutes this particular spf will delay the onset of burning to your skin by the sun's harmful UVB rays. (Example: if it normally takes you 10 minutes to burn without protection and you select an spf of 15, you are able to stay out in the sun 15 times longer. 10x15 = 150; instead of 10 minutes, it's now 150 minutes.)
- There are several "water resistant sunblocks" and "very water resistant sunblocks" for those that are involved in water activities throughout the day. Consider how long you will be in the water when choosing betwen the two. They also have "sun protective clothing" measured by spf, that would be a good thing to consider if you are outside for a good period of time on a regular basis.
Sunblocks come in all different forms (lotions, gels, oils, sprays and creams). Remember it's always a good idea to test different sunblocks on your skin to find one that works best for you! Finding an entire makeup line (foundation, powder, lipsticks, lip balms, etc.) or a moisturizer that already contains atleast an spf of 15 is extremely easy these days! And remember, spending just a little more makes a significant difference when it comes to skin care products!
- Chelsea O -