Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Session {sunscreens + more}

This week I'm going to cover just a few ways to protect your skin at the beach!  I love the sun however, I also love my sunscreen.  
A sun protectant is more than just sunscreen, it's hats, coverups, sunglasses and umbrellas.  

Sunscreen isn't just for the beach.  I use it everyday on my face, religiously!!  
When I am 40, I want to look 30.  SunBum is my absolute favorite {Buy it here!}.  The smell is delicious and it works great.  There is a surplus of options to choose from, so how does one choose?

There are two different types of UltraViolent rays we should be protecting ourselves from: UVA = aging rays and UVB = burning rays.  That's why it's so important to choose a sunscreen that protects against both.  UVB rays cause cancer and UVA make you look old. Since we don't want either of these, wear your sunscreen daily!!!

1.  "Broad Spectrum" - This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
2.  "Sun Protection Factor" - The higher the SPF doesn't mean you don't have to reapply.  SPF simply lets you know how much longer you can stay in the sun BEFORE reapplying.  For example, if it takes 10 minutes in the sun for you to burn, a sunscreen with a 15 SPF will allow you to stay 15 times longer in the sun than if you weren't wearing any at all. 

3.  "Waterproof or Water-Resistant" - These are a must if you are planning on being in the water.  Waterproof formulas will last approximately 80 minutes before they will break down and need to be reapplied.  Water-resistant will only last about 40 minutes before reapplying is needed.

4.  Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens - learn the different and choose which method is right for you. Chemical vs. Physical Chart
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Tips for APPLYING SUNSCREEN to your face.

1.  Sunscreen goes on AFTER moisturizers but BEFORE makeup!!

2.  If you are wearing a "chemical sunscreen" it's best to wait 30 minutes before going into the sun.

3.  Apply at least a 1/4 of a teaspoon for you face which is approximately the size of a nickel.

4.  Pat it on.  Do not rub, you will cause more wrinkles and damage to your skin.

5.  Reapply every 2 hours for continuous coverage.  Avoid the sun, if you use retina or any other exfoliating product in your daily skin regimen. 

{for inquiries about any items above message me!}

For the best protection, just stay in doors.  Yeah, right!!  Instead, stock up on your 50 shades of protection and go for it.  

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