Are You Making This Serious Mistake?

Summer is coming up at last. Time to go out with family and friends and enjoy the sun! ONE PROBLEM: you forgot your SUNSCREEN!! Look, I am guilty of going outside most of my life without sunscreen. In fact, I didn’t realize the importance of sunscreen until the sun damage started creeping up on my skin in my early 20’s. Is sunscreen only needed during summertime? The answer is NO!! It’s actually important to wear sunscreen daily (rain or shine) and I will explain why in this article.

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and this amount is rising due to increased ultraviolet exposure from the sun and tanning beds. One of the most serious types of skin cancer is Melanoma. Your probably wondering what exactly Melanoma is. Melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. So if sun damage didn’t convince you enough to wear sunscreen, I bet now you’re convinced that wearing sunscreen is an absolute MUST!! Sunscreen is also crucial to prevent hyperpigmentation which is when the skin develops darker patches of skin due to excess Melanin production. Therefore, it is important to implement sunscreen in your daily skincare routine to help protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays. Without daily usage of sunscreen, the skin can start to develop a wide array of issues like aging, hyper pigmentation and sun spots.

Whether you use a sunscreen lotion, powder, or spray, choose a product that will be easy for you to reapply every few hours. For ladies, consider a moisturizer or foundation that has sunscreen built into it to save some extra steps. SPF 30 or 50 will provide more than adequate coverage – it blocks up to 96% of the sun’s rays, and protection only increases minimally with higher SPFs. Allure.com states, “To get really specific about what SPF (sun protection factor) mans, the percent breakdown is this: SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays; SPF 30 guards against 97 percent, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent.” So based on this research, I recommend a higher level of SPF for protection against sunburn and skin cancer. My two favorite sunscreens are by Obaji Nuderm and Supergoop. Obaji Nuderm Matte Sun-shield SPF 50 is a sheer formula that according to Obaji, “combines 2 sunscreens to effectively protect your skin from aging, while leaving your skin with a matte finish”. One thing I dislike about many sunscreens is the greasy textures they have, but this one is safe to say its completely matte. The formula is also non-allergenic which makes it perect to use for all skin types. My other favorite sunscreen is Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 because it contains a built-in primer. Supergoop promises their sunscreen to be “waterproof and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes,” which makes this the perfect sunscreen for days you are going to the pool! This is definitely a staple in my purse when I know I’m going to spend hours in the heat and sun. Try: Obaji NuDerm Sunshield Spf 50 Try: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Spf 40 Always make sure to check the ingredients of the sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Once you determined the right one for your skin type, your safe to go out and soak up the sun (remember to reapply it every so often). Be honest, do you wear sunscreen? If not, do you notice any negative effects? Let me know in the comments below!

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