Summer Sunscreen Tips

How to Have Safe Fun in the Sun 

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Summer is here and we all know the dangers the sun can have on our precious skin. While ten minutes a day of sun exposure is important for healthy Vitamin D, any longer without proper protection can cause premature aging and skin cancer. Here are some tips to get you through the season of sun without causing any harm to that beach body.

Sunscreen is not Waterproof

If you are going into the water, make sure you REAPPLY your sunscreen often! There is actually no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. When a sunscreen states that it’s waterproof, it simply means the sunscreen is water resistant. In fact the FDA banned the use of labels containing the words “waterproof”, “sweat proof”, and “sunblock”. If you’re in the water for more than 40-80 minutes, you should get out and reapply.

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Sunscreen is not waterproof. Make sure you reapply after 40 minutes.

Cover your head

Many girls think that the highlights caused by sun exposure are attractive, but in fact the highlights are actually damaged hair that is more brittle and prone to split ends. In addition, the sun burns your scalp! Make sure you wear a hat and source hair products that have UV shielding properties to prevent damage. Guys with shaved heads are especially at risk and should cover their dome with quality sunscreen or wear a hat when in the sun.

You should always try to wear a hat and sunglasses while out in the sun.

Sunscreen can be damaged by heat or cold

When you leave your sunscreen in your car the heat can actually break down the chemical composition of the sunscreen! This changes it’s affects and can make your sunscreen worthless! After you come back from your day in the sun make sure you take your sunscreen back in the house with you and store at room temperature.

Wash your face afterwards

Many people think that their sunscreen makes them breakout, and make that their excuse for not wearing any. The real reason is actually a combination of not washing our face after a long day at the beach as well as the sun. Just like our hair, the sun will dry out the skin. This causes dead skin to build up and more oil to be produced. This makes the oil glands work overtime after sun exposure so it is important to keep your skin clean and pores clear. Use anti-acne products and/or wash your face after applying sunscreen.

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It’s important to wash your face after wearing sunscreen and being in the sun all day.

Notice the Expiration Date

It’s very important to take note of your sunscreen’s expiration date. The chemical composition of sunscreen will break down over time and it’s UV blocking power will diminish to zero. If you can’t find an expiration date then the sunscreen is probably not FDA compliant. You should throw away any sunscreen over 1 year old as a rule.

Cloudy Days Can Burn

Many people think that you can’t get a sunburn on those June Gloom overcast days. This is so wrong! 80% off UV rays pass through clouds so the threat of sunburn is real. Additionally, reflections from car windows or water can give you harmful amounts of UV rays too! Think about sunscreen next time you’re sitting at a waterfront restaurant!

Cloudy days can burn you just as easily as sunny days. Always wear sunscreen on overcast days outdoors.

More Handy Sunburn Tips

  • Put your aloe vera in the refrigerator to make it cooler.
  • If you burn, take a cool bath and add a couple tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Find a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection – “Broad-Spectrum Coverage”.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before you leave the house to allow it to absorb into your skin.
  • Wear sunglasses – a fashion statement that protects your eyes from harmful UV rays!
  • Protect your lips! Don’t forget protective lip balm with an SPF 30 or higher.

When you take car of your skin, you can enjoy a lifetime of fun in the sun without fear of damage! Shop our extensive selection of sunscreen in store or online and have a great summer!

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