7 Safe Sunscreen Rules
Most of us think that once we apply our morning sunscreen we are good to go. Unfortunately this is not the case. The sun's UV rays are hotter than ever and consequently maximum skin protection is a must. Unbeknownst to most people, applying your daily dose of sunscreen is not the only option for UV protection. But, do not fret, there are additional ways to beat the direct heat and keep you and your family burn-free...
1: Instead of relying on sunscreen alone for sun protection...
-Hats and light weight clothing are also easy ways cover up the body.
-Always set up camp in the shade. If you are making your way to the beach, pick up a light weight beach umbrella.
-Stay indoors during peak sun hours (11-2pm).
2: Pick the right sunscreen...
- Avoid Oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen, which can disrupt the hormone system.
- Avoid Retinyl palmitate or vitamin A, which may actually cause damage to skin exposed to the sun.
- Avoid Methylisothiazolinone (MI), a potent allergen, which has been linked to painful rashes.
- Choose a sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. Personally I love Coola!
3: Are You applying enough?...
- To guarantee that you're getting the SPF protection advertised on the bottle, one family should be using one four-ounce bottle in just two hours in the sun.
- Don't be afraid to slather it on, the ticker the better.
- Don’t forget the hidden and little places on your body such as your ears, scalp and toes. Sunscreen will not damage your hair.
- Remember to always carry lip balm with SPF in you bag and use it.
- Instead of aerosol sprays, use a suntan lotion to cover the skin evenly.
- Sunscreen is absorbed into the skin and loses effectiveness over time, so reapply at least every two hours, or after swimming or sweating, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
- Always remember to read the directions on your sunscreen’s label for more guidance.
-“Water resistant” sunscreens work for up to 40 minutes in water; “very water resistant” ones work up to 80 minutes.
5: Too high SPF
- Use sunscreens with SPF values no higher than 50.
- Research indicates that high SPF sunscreens (greater than 50+) mislead people into thinking they are more protected from sun damage than they really are, and offer a poor balance between UVA and UVB protection.
- SPF values are capped at 50+ in Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan.
6: Applying sunscreen before you go outside
- Remember, sunscreen takes approximately 15 minutes to absorb into your skin, so you'll need to apply it when you're out of the sun to avoid instant and unprotected UV damage.
7: Discard sunscreens that have expired or have separated
- Check to see if the sunscreen is past it's expiration date use it before you. If expired discard immediately... they usually last about three years.
- Toss out the sunscreen if the oil has separated from the lotion. Separated or lumpy suntan lotion won't evenly coat the skin and will leave you vulnerable to UV damage.
Now go out and have fun!!