As we approach May 27th, a significant date known as National Sunscreen Day, it’s a perfect time to delve into the importance of sunscreen application. The key to safeguarding your skin from harmful UV rays lies in the correct use of sunscreen products. This practice not only maximizes your protection from UV radiation but also helps prevent sunburns, skin cancer, and premature aging. 

Follow these essential guidelines to maintain healthy, youthful skin: 

  1. Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun.
  2. Apply one full ounce of sunscreen, about two tablespoons or three fingers. 
  3. Cover all areas of the skin, including ears, feet, and the neck and scalp. They now make powder sunscreens for the scalp if the oil in your hair bothers you. 
  4. Reapply sunscreen regularly every hour, and especially if you go in the water or sweat a lot. Reapplying your sunscreen will help protect your skin and ensure you don’t get sunburned.
  5. Wear your sunscreen all year around daily to prevent sun damage and premature aging. 
  6. Sunscreen should be the last step in your skincare routine before applying makeup. 
  7. Remember that broad-spectrum sunscreen offers UVA and UVB protection from rays. 

   8. Enlist a family member or friend to remind each other to reapply 

Sunscreen alone may not provide complete protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s best to use sunscreen in combination with other protective options. Here are additional ways to protect your skin from damaging UV Rays.

*Consider taking an umbrella to sit under when you are outside for extended periods. 

*Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

*Be extra cautious between the hours of 11:00 and 4:00 

*Use caution when around snow and water, as this can reflect damaging rays on your skin.

*Remember to use sunscreen on your lips for protection

*Don’t forget to wear sunscreen on your scalp 

Sunscreen and Men

When discussing skincare with clients, I’ve noticed that women tend to be better at wearing sunscreen than men. Skin cancer is on the rise in specific age brackets in men, and it’s essential to get the message out there about exactly how sunscreen can fit into their morning routine. Some men I spoke to will wear sunscreen at the beach or if they know they will be outside for extended periods, but many need to realize that just driving in the car can lead to sun damage over time. So, ladies, please encourage the men in your life to wear sunscreen; whether it’s your dad, son, or husband, consider giving the gift of sunscreen!

Here are tips to help you find the perfect sunscreen for your skin type:

Dry skin will do well with hydrating sunscreen that has ingredients like glycerin in the formula. Recommended product:

Moisturizing Protection Cream with SPF30

Oily skin will do well with a water-based, oil-free, mattifying sunscreen with antioxidants to prevent acne breakouts. Recommended product:

Hydrating Protection Gel with SPF30

Combination skin needs a non-greasy formula that moisturizes and reduces excess oil while protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Recommended Product:

Oil Free Protective Moisturizer with SPF30 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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