It’s natural to want to get out in the sun when the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer. It’s also a good time to review the latest expert advice about how to protect your skin from damage.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the primary cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and premature wrinkles. But shielding your skin with clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen of sun protection factor (SPF) 30 for everyday use and SPF 50+ for planned outdoor activity and staying in the shade can help lower your risk.
While you should use sunscreen every day of the year, it’s even more important during summertime, when the days are longer, the sun is stronger, and it’s easier to spend more time outdoors. When choosing sunscreen, be sure to know the best product for your skin. It is important to use a product that contains anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants protect your skin from the sun that gets through the sunscreen. If you are using a sunscreen that does not contain antioxidants, consider using an antioxidant serum such as Vitamin C & E or TNS Essential Serum from Skin Medica.
Take these steps to stay sun-safe:
  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30: Be sure to reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

SKIN MEDICA TOTAL DEFENSE AND REPAIR, SPF 34

  • Protects skin from sun damage while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself while correcting the signs of aging
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Absorbs easily & quickly, no white residue
  • Available in tinted or non-tinted formulas
  • Spreads evenly: no lumps, does not feel greasy, light enough to wear everyday

LA ROCHE-POSAY ULTRA LIGHT SUNSCREEN FLUID ANTHELIOS 60

  • Broad spectrum protection in an ultra-light texture
  • Fast absorbing matte finish – primer quality
  • Fragrance free, paraben free, tested on sensitive skin
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes

LA ROCHE-POSAY SUNSCREEN PROTECTION FOR THE FACE/NECK & BODY (SPORT) SPF 60

  • Fast absorbing, velvety finish for all skin types
  • Fragrance free, paraben free, tested on sensitive skin
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes; apply generously 15 minutes prior to sun exposure
  • Reapply every 2 hours