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Don’t Stop at Sunscreen!

June 08, 2020

Don’t Stop at Sunscreen!

NOTE: Please consult with your healthcare provider for medical advice. Information shared here is for informational purposes only.

We hear so much about using sunscreen we think that’s all we have to do to be safe. NOT TRUE! Sunscreen alone is not enough!

To thoroughly protect yourself, the best defense against getting too much harmful ultraviolet radiation is a combination of protective clothing, planning, sunglasses  – AND –  QUALITY sunscreen. Read on to learn some tips you may not have considered – and some you may be wondering about.

CLOTHING

You may or may not have heard of UPF clothing. It’s worth learning about this because it could save your life. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a legit thing and is recognized by SkinCancer.org. With UPF-protected clothes, the weave is different than regular clothes, and often times it is made from a special fabric to help form a barrier against the sun’s rays.

UV light can penetrate through the micro holes in the weaves of regular clothes or can even travel directly through a light-colored shirt.  Lots of brands offer clothing with UPF protection built into them. They are lightweight and breathable synthetic fabrics making it comfortable to wear even on the hottest of days.

So, no excuses! When you get out of the water, COVER UP! Shirts, hats, shorts, pants, and bathing suit wraps, provide protection from UV rays – and unlike sunscreen, you don’t have to reapply.

PLANNING

If at all possible, plan around when the sun is at its radiation peak which is at Noon. Go outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower. Be mindful and plan ahead so you can choose a great spot in the shade! Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, or take a canopy to the beach.

SUNGLASSES

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement. Buy shades that are labeled to protect your eyes from UV radiation. UV radiation can cause cataracts. Look for a pair of sunglasses specifically designed for UV eye protection that are rated UV400 or higher. That means they’ll block 99.9% of UV rays. Lenses should also be polarized, to help neutralize harmful glare.

Oh, and the dude wearing sunglasses in the Winter isn’t trying to be cool. He’s being smart! Sunglasses are not just for Summer. Winter sun can also cause damage to our eyes.

SUNSCREEN

Important to note that just because you’re using an SPF 50 doesn’t mean you can stay in the sun longer. Even if you don’t burn, your skin can sustain sun damage. And, don’t be fooled by cloud cover. You are still getting sun rays when the sun is behind the clouds. Wear protection, even on cloudy days, if you’re going to be outside for extended periods of time.

Avoid sunscreen with vitamin A. Eating vitamin A-laden vegetables is good for you, but spreading vitamin A on your skin is not. Reports show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol, or vitamin A. Vitamin A based products must be used at night ONLY and washed off in the morning.

Do not buy products containing oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and is known to disrupt the hormone system. Look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. Check with your healthcare practitioner if you have allergies, sensitive skin, etc. Here are some helpful links: Best Organic Sunscreens, Safest Sunscreens

Pick a QUALITY sunscreen. It should provide broad-spectrum, long-lasting protection, with ingredients that pose fewer health concerns when absorbed by the body. For your face, I recommend Sculplla H2 Sun Cushion SPF 50.

Remember, sprays cloud the air with tiny particles that may not be safe to breathe. Lotions/creams are always a safer option.

Reapply often. Sunscreen chemicals sometimes degrade in the sun, wash off or rub off on towels and clothing.

So have fun in the sun with wise planning, while wearing sunscreen, sunglasses on, your favorite hat on your head, and some UPF clothing that will protect you all day long!

Products you may find helpful:

SPF 50 Protect and Rejuvenate Skin with Sculplla H2 Sun Cushion

Heal Sun Damage with NeoGenesis Recovery

Skin Barrier Repair for Stronger Skin with NeoGenesis Barrier Renewal Cream

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