We all know how much we love to do this. It gives us that nice little tinkle in our toes and fingers and comforts us like a blanket of warmth. It’s TANNING! I cannot sit here and tell you that I don’t tan myself, even though we all know of the harms the sun can do to our skin, but I can help you prevent them from happening.
When I was rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon I actually got burnt on the top of my head. That has never happened before but that just goes to show you how important it is to wear a hat a much as you can when you’re outside. Ouch!
FYI: Protect your skin 365 days a year so wear sunscreen everyday even in the winter. This is normal routine for many women all over the world. As much as we all love to get that bronze color right away it is the most harmful for our gorgeous little skin cells that try to keep us looking so young. SO make sure you wear at least a SPF 30. (TIP: From my own medical experience research is showing you don’t need to buy sunscreen greater than SPF 30 because the protection is all the same it just depends on how well you cake on your sunscreen. IF you lightly rub sunscreen on your skin you might not get the full benefits of SPF 30).
3 Tips with sunscreen:
1) Make sure you use sunscreen that protects UVA and UVB (label may say broadspectrum)
2) Sun protection factor of at least SPF 30 and non-greasy (may say non-comedogenic)
3) Apply sunscreen 20min before you go outside, reapply every 2 hours
Sunscreen for an Anti-aging budget:
When purchasing sunscreen make sure you look for Vitamin A and alpha hydroxyl acid in the ingredients. This product can be found in many affordable sunscreens; while adding the anti-aging benefits. The Acid is not appropriate for young skin because it will actually burn your top layer. As you age, your skin accumulates debris, layers of dead skin and acid will help rejuvenate your skin layers.
Myth: Sun exposure is the best source for obtaining Vitamin D
Myth: All sunscreens are created equal
Myth: Using a higher sunscreen will ensure you don’t burn
American Academy of Dermatology Approved Products:
-Neutrogena Spray (various kinds)
Range from $10.00-$20.00
-Aveeno Continuous Protection
-Neutroderm Daily Wear Moisturizer
-MD Solar Sciences Mineral Screen Gel