Sun Protection Facts & Information….And SPFs to Save Your Skin!
Don’t risk sunburn, premature skin aging or skin cancer. Learn the basics of sun protection and promise yourself you’ll wear a spiffy sunscreen every day. The sun’s rays affect our skin even on a cloudy day, but right now the sun is strong and the temptation to be outside for prolonged periods of time is enticing. There are a dizzying number of sun protection products from basic bargain sunscreens to major-league multi-taskers. If you aren’t sure what to buy, the advice sisters are here to help! Here’s how:
1. Advicesisters.com will be posting sun protection reviews throughout July and August.
2. We are linking you to last years’ comprehensive sun protection feature: The Most Important Skincare Article You’ll Ever Read which gives you all the basics and tips to help keep you safe in the sun. Don’t leave this page until you read what’s here and then click on this VERY important article (it could help save your life or the life of someone you love).
3. are dispelling a few myths you need to know about sun protection.
4. On this page we’re also going to give you some details that are really useful to help you make better decisions about what kind of sunscreen to buy. we’re going to show you four really interesting ways to protect yourself from the sun in at the end of this article. SO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE TOP TO BOTTOM!
5. On this page, to get you thinking creatively about sun protection, we’re featuring 4 companies with unique ways to protect yourself from the sun i
THREE BIG SUNSCREEN MYTHS:
I don’t need sun protection if it’s cold, cloudy or I’m inside. True or False?
False: The sun’s rays penetrate clouds and weather has nothing to do with it. Also, the sun’s rays penetrate through glass unless it has UV protectant coating. If you are driving or sitting near an open window, the sun’s rays are affecting your skin even if you are inside.
If I apply sun protection ONCE I’m safe. True or False?
Partially True: “Safe” is a relative term. Sunscreens will only protect you for a couple of hours, depending upon the SPF level learn more about SPF . If your hair and fingers touch your face, the sunscreen may be wiped away more quickly. You need to re-apply it every couple of hours,especially if you are out in the sun. If you apply sunscreen before you go to work and you sit in an interior office away from windows,you are “safe.” But you will need to re-apply your sunscreen before you go outside again unless the sun has set *we like powder SPF such as the SWEAT product in our reviews below – you can dust it on over your makeup.
If a sunscreen is expensive, it will work better. True or False”
False: Effective sunscreen is available in all price points. The cost is often determined by packaging, advertising and ingredients that may be added to the sunscreen (beauty treatments that are cosmetics and/or moisturizing and anti-aging), but the actual sunscreen ingredients are based on a “cocktail” of chemical or mineral ingredients. The way to choose a sun screen is based on the type of sunscreen you want (chemical or mineral), the SPF factor you need, whether or not you like the product enough to use it regularly, other “bells & whistles” that might be added if you want them, and then price. Look for a sunscreen first based on the SPF factor and whether it’s mineral or chemical. All the rest is just a personal preference.
WHAT IS IN MY SUNSCREEN?
These are the common ingredients used in common sunscreens. The three at the bottom are for sensitive skin/mineral-based
Check out the advicesisters.com sun protection feature: The Most Important Skincare Article You’ll Ever Read to learn about more about safe sun practices.
When you’re thinking about sun protection, why not make it a multi-tasker? One that we think is Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 ($42.00): This broad spectrum UVA/UVB mineral formula has SPF 50 to protect your skin in a big way, every day, but it also has Multi-Antioxidants vitamin E and lactobionic acid help neutralize environmental damage and Green Tea Extract helps protect cellular DNA.
We particularly like it thanks to it’s (pretty much invisible) tint that helps to blur fine lines and other imperfections and make your own skin look better, even without makeup. and helps natural skin tone appear more even. For those who like tech-speak, there’s a “PHA/Bionic complex” that helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and keep skin firm.
The Active Ingredients are Titanium Dioxide 7.0%, Zinc Oxide 6.0%And it’s also good for all skin types, fragrance-free, paraben-free and oil-free plus it’s non-acnegenic and noncomedogenic. Tip: For best results shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds before each use and apply it liberally to face, neck and other exposed areas, 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours. For more information visit the Neostrata Web Site
If your skin is a bit dull you can brighten and exfoliate it while giving it a whopping SPF 50 sun protection with this multi-tasking skincare saver from Rodan + Fields, their Reverse Broad Spctrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen ($41.00 1.7 fl. oz.) . The Rodan + Fields Reverse collection products help to exfoliate, brighten, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E and green tea fight free radicals and prevent future damage from occurring, while licorice extract and mulberry help to brighten dull skin. This product has a lovely, uplifting, citrus scent to get you going in the morning and even better, a whopping SPF 50+ broad spectrum sun protection. It takes a moment for the product to absorb, but we’re giving this one two thumbs up for those who want a products that does a lot in one step. The actives are 3% avobenzone, 10% homosalate, 5% octinoxate, and 2% octocrylene. Dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields suggest that you apply a dime-sized amount to your face at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun. For more information visit the Rodan + Fields Website.
It’s no secret that we love Kiehl’s products and all of their inovative skincare, but when it comes to sun protection, they’ve got us covered, literally. They have so many choices, we’ve picked four that work for various personalities and skin needs. For example, the Kiehl’s Super Fluid (1.7 fl. oz.) is available in both a 15% Titaniuim Dioxide (mineral) and a Ultra-Light Good for all skin types formula (3% avobenzon, 1.72% homosalate, 3/21% otosalate, 6% octocrylene and 3.86 oxybenzone). For high-powered sun protection try the Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector™ Water-Light Lotion For Face & Body ($29.00 5 fl. oz) in SPF 30 or 50, your choice. We selected the SPF 50 with 3% avobenzone, 10.72% homosalate, 3.21% octisalate, 6% octocrylene and 3.86% oxybenzone. The flip top tube dispenses another feather-light and pleasant product that has antioxidant Vitamin E to protect, plus it’s fragrance and paraben free and won’t clog pores.
Even better, it is safe for sensitive skin. *TIP: Kiehls suggests shaking the bottle well before applying it and/or adding it after your moisturizer on clean skin (instant multi-tasker)! While we didn’t get the cooling effect that Kiehls says makes this special, we did think it was great for face and body with a lightweight formula featuring water resistance up to 80 minutes. For those who loves spray formulas because they are so easy and clean to apply, try the Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body SPF 50 ($34.00 5 fl. oz) which we think is an ultimate body treat, meant for active, outdoor use with uniform broad spectrum (UVA & UVB) protection and protection from free radicals. Safe for even sensitive skin, it’s got Kiehl’s proprietary blend of sun filters in a convenient spray format and it’s water resistant up to 80 minutes.
It’s also Oil-free. Fragrance free and won’t clog your pores. While it doesn’t absorb completely like some of the others, we like it for active people who need their sun screen to stick around. Actives in this one are 3% avobenzone, 15% honosalate, 5% octisalate, 7% ococrylene and 6% oxybenzone. For more information on Kiehl’s visit a Kiehl’s store or the Kiehl’s Website