Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The summer of suncreen

Lots of people have the question "How do I prevent wrinkles?"

number one rule of thumb- SUNSCREEN. I cannot mention how important this one factor is....so here are some facts to SCARE you into wearing sunscreen :)
80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs prior to age 18

93% of parents do not correctly use sunscreen on their children.

33% of adolescents never use sunscreen

First of all...SPF stands for SUN PROTECTION FACTOR- Its a number that indicates how long skin can be exposed to the sun without burning and showing redness. Example- If a person normally burns in 30-minutes, an SPF-4 sunscreen should allow the person to be exposed to the sun for two hours (40 x 30 minutes) without becoming red or burning.

A common misconception is that you do not need sunscreen unless you are going to be sitting outside in direct sunlight. Most of our sun damage occurs from occasional, non deliberate exposure which is referred to as casual exposure (walking the dog, going to the mailbox.)
The best anti aging product you can buy is sunscreen. Not only buy it, APPLY IT.

When choosing a sunscreen look for a label that says the product is broad spectrum, meaning it is designed to prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. Another great product you can use is a sunscreen product that is added to a day moisturizer, eliminating the need for two separate products.

Personally I suggest wearing a lightweight SPF 15 on a daily basis, and use an SPF 30 for a day at the beach or being outside more than usual.

The skin will be more damaged if you are out in the sun between the hours of 10 A.M and 3 P.M.

Make sure you apply and REAPPLY often. One ounce of sunscreen is the appropriate amount of sunscreen for one application for the average person wearing a swimsuit. (And I can almost guarantee you aren't using that much ! ) Remember to apply sunscreen 30 minutes PRIOR to going out in the sun.

Lets do this..

so we dont look like this later...

Apply sunscreen. You'll thank me for it later.

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