Sun Protection for Summer’s Hottest Days
Sun exposure is cumulative, which means all the damage your skin is exposed to adds up over time and increases your risk for skin cancer and premature aging. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss out on all those outdoor summer activities.
Fortunately, you don’t have to. Sunscreens offer high-level protection against the sun’s damaging rays if you use them correctly so you can step outdoors knowing your skin is protected.
What are the risks?
When you don’t adequately protect your skin, ultraviolet rays from the sun penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin where they damage skin cells and break down collagen and elastin, proteins that give skin its firmness and resistance to aging. That’s why sun worshippers often look older than they actually are. Even more importantly, this damage increases the risk for skin cancers, including the most serious form of skin cancer – malignant melanoma.
A good sunscreen should offer protection against both types of damaging ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. UVB rays are the ones that cause your skin to turn red, what we think of as sunburn, but UVA rays are no less damaging. They’re able to penetrate deeply beneath your skin and do “silent” damage that shows up as lines, wrinkles and saggy skin years later.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheet Sunblock, Dry-Touch, SPF 100+ offers some of the most advanced sun protection available and is the one most often recommended by dermatologists. It’s oil-free and won’t clog your pores. Plus, it contains no PABA, an ingredient that can irritate your skin. It’s waterproof and will stay on your skin even if you sweat.
Babies in particular need sun protection every time they go outside. Most pediatricians recommend Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+ because of the high level of sun protection it offers. Plus, its waterproof formulation is gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin – so baby can join in the summer fun without the risks of sun exposure.
Suntan without the sun
If you’re feeling a little pale without a summer tan, you can look tan safely without the sun with Rayito de Sol 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel. In just one hour you’ll have a tan you’ll be proud to show off in a bathing suit or the latest summer casual wear. Plus, it has a sunscreen to protect your skin as it bronzes and gets your skin beach ready. Unlike self-tanners and bronzers of the past, it gives a completely natural look – no unrealistic orange tones.
Don’t forget about protecting your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. Not only does exposure to sunlight increase the risk for cataracts, it also causes you to squint, leading to premature wrinkles. Grab a wide-brimmed hat and a stylish pair of sunglasses like Sofia Vergara Women’s Wrap Sunglasses before heading out the door to keep your peepers protected. You’ll be stepping out in style, whether you’re headed to the beach or to run errands around town.