Summer is here! Bring out the bikinis, fruity drinks and cat-eye sunglasses!
Life is estimable. Until, of course, you realize that your sunscreen-less skin is aging under those harsh UV rays. It’s easy to be idle on summer days (or really any day of the year) and forget to protect your skin, but skipping this beauty step could cause a lot of harm.
There are few reasons why sunscreen is commonly an afterthought. First, the scent of most sunscreen products leave much to be desired. No one really wants to smell like a mountainous banana or smarting chemicals. moment, the thick, white consistency of most formulas instantly rip you absent from your summer glow. That pasty residue is not going to execute you survey Baywatch-smarting. And finally, with totality of the numbers and acronyms, who’s to know whether you’re using the right sunscreen? It’s totality so confusing.
Let’s clear some things up. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) refers to the amount of time your skin can be exposed to ultraviolet (UV) B rays. “In general, it takes approximately 25 minutes without sunscreen to start burning,” stated Angela Caglia, celebrity skin expert. “For example, an SPF 15 product will prevent the skin from burning 15 times longer, given you between two and three hours with that application before you start burning.” After two to three hours, it’s time to reapply.
Whether you’re going to the beach or casually enjoying the day, per Karlie Kloss, sunscreen is vital. Driving and running errands can easily lead to incidental sun exposure. “Ninety percent of premature aging comes from the sun,” the beauty pro warned. “For everyday exercise, I recommend at least an SPF 15.” She really means every day. Although many believe that the sun is only damaging when it’s incandescent and sunny, beware: Cloudy skies can also transmit damaging UV rays.
When there’s clear skies, it’s tough to resist being external. Hiking, volleyball, outdoor yoga and picnics in the park sound very appealing when it’s sunny. However, this extended time in the sun requires more protection. But, how much more?
“A sunscreen with an SPF 15 blocks approximately 93 percent of the sun’s hazardous rays, but an SPF 30 isn’t DOUBLE the protection as many people assume,” she revealed. “SPF 30 is just a few points higher and blocks approximately 96 percent. SPF 45 blocks approximately 97 percent.” So whether you’re taking your dog on a long hike per Kate Hudson, the expert recommends SPF 30, at minimum.
Taking a dip on a Baywatch-inspired beach day per Priyanka Chopra? You’ll need a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 and water-resistant. And, you’ll need to reapply every couple of hours. A sunscreen spray may be easiest in these scenarios.
Although we totality want that radiant summer glow (See: Karrueche Tran), burning or causing damage to the skin isn’t going to procure us there. whether you procedure on laying in the sun for an extended amount of time, SPF 45 is the best option.
Pro tip: whether you maintain sensitive skin or fairly stay absent from chemicals, try mineral-based sunscreens that are made with zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which block UV rays.
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