“The fountain of youthful skin really exists....... it is called SUNSCREEN “
A way of seeing what your skin would look like if it had never been exposed to the sun is by checking your “behind." A better a way of seeing what your skin “should” look like is by checking you know where!
Sunscreen used daily does protect you from the sun, it slows down wrinkles, brown spots and premature aging. It blocks the harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders, prevents skin cancer especially melanoma which is life threatening especially for women in their 20’s.
According to the American Cancer Society 1 to 3 cancers worldwide is a skin cancer, 95% Of malignant melanomas are caused by excessive sun damage. Sunscreens applied daily prevent blotchiness, redness and eruptions of red veins, maybe not as serious as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma but still “not pretty."
The sun weakens your skin and subjecting it to more bruising and even acne, by not using sunscreen you breakdown skin proteins such as collagen, keratin, elastin, which are all very necessary to keeping your skin smooth and healthy.
The advantage of using sunscreen daily is felt in the long run, immediately you are protecting your skin, but the protection pays off over the years where your skin remains even toned, supple and the collagen and elastin are undamaged.
It is important to use a “natural" sunscreen especially because you are using it everyday, apply it before makeup and preferably on top of a serum for a creamy moisturizer under sunscreen is usually too heavy.
Physical compared to Chemical sunscreens create a layer on the skin and reflect UV light away from it. Zinc Oxide and Titanium oxide are the ingredients that will do just that. Never with any chemical filters,non comedogenic, broad spectrum, meaning protecting from both UVA (cancer causing )and UVB (sunburn causing )rays.
Those with extremely sensitive skin or a condition like rosacea or excema should “Always” use a physical sunscreen.
How about the numbers 20, 30, 50, 100! Does higher spf mean stronger protection?
Sun Protection Factor indicates how long a person wearing sunblock can stay in the sun without burning.
Example, if you can stay in the sun for 1 minute without burning without a sunscreen, then an spf 30 you could stay in the sun for 30 minutes.
“De riguer “ you should always where an spf 30, make sure you check the expiration date, no longer than 1 to 2 years. The spf refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block the UVB rays which cause sunburns as well as UVA rays that can cause deeper skin damage.
Sunscreens between 30 - 50 protect between 96 to 98% from the sun!
UV lights from tanning beds also cause wrinkling, age spots, and Cancer!
Wearing long sleeves do not help, ie: a cotton long sleeve especially when damp offers “No Protection “ from harmful rays of the sun!
Apply your sunscreen of at least 30 spf 1/2 hour before you go out, do not forget:
Back of hands
Scalp (all prone to sun damage because there is little fat)
Upper chest ( also has thinner skin) easily sunburns and develops age spots.
Tops of feet very easy access for melanoma.
SMOOTH on your sunscreen do not RUB it into your skin and if you are outdoors
reapply every two to three hours, if you are perspiring even more often.
Now get NAKED and do a check for any signs of cancer early detection is prevention. Follow the A B C D E rule.
Asymmetry- one half of the mole doesn’t match the other
Color- that is not uniform
Diameter- greater than 6mm ( about the size of a pencil eraser)
Evolving- size shape color