Nothing beats a gorgeous, sunny day out of the office with family and friends doing your favorite outdoor activities. In comes Debbie Downer… it is important to be cautious about the negative effects that can come with sun exposure (wah wah wah). More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour.
The importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays (both UVA and UVB) is crucial to your skin health and overall immunity. UVA rays cause wrinkling, skin aging and contribute to skin cancer such as melanoma. Up to 90% of wrinkles and brown spots we see on our faces are not actually age related, but are caused by sun exposure. UVB rays also contribute to skin cancer and can cause sunburns, cataracts and effects on the immune system. You can even sunburn on a cloudy day!
To achieve the ultimate UV protection you should use products that protect against both UVB and UVA rays with an SPF of at least 15 that contain ingredients like Zinc Oxide. Try to stay out of the sun during its most powerful hours which is between 10am-4pm. If you can’t avoid being outside during these hours, then it is imperative to wear sunscreen and to reapply it consistently throughout the day.
My new favorite form of protection is the NEW Elta MD UV Aero SPF 45. This water resistant, oil-free formula is a continuous spray that goes on white and dries clear for a precise and even application. It lasts for up to 80 minutes making it perfect for active outdoor individuals. Safe for all skin types, this sunscreen gives me the confidence I need to feel protected as it contains Zinc Oxide shielding both UVA and UVB rays and works to prevent the signs of premature aging. Aside from wearing sunscreen, check out some of these Sun Safety Tips for additional ways to protect yourself. Be good to your skin this Summer and keep it safe while enjoying the outdoors!