You hear about the need to wear a sunscreen or stay out of the sun all the time. And you hear that it causes aging and skin cancer. But no one ever says what amount is OK, and exactly HOW the sun is a problem.
Part of that is because of the popular phrase, “your mileage may vary.” And basically, what that means is that no one set of statistics fits everyone. How much time you can safely spend in the sun depends on the following:
- How old are you?
- What part of the world are you in?
- What color is your skin?
- What is your family history?
- What is your personal history – do you tan or burn easily?
And that is why most dermatologists recommend that you limit your time and exposure to the sun. And, if you must be out in the sun, at least wear a fairly high SPF sunscreen or sunblock.
Does a sunblock really stop the UVA and UVB rays of the sun from penetrating? Well, they are more effective than you might think. First, look for one that is full spectrum; that means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Then, look for one that has a high SPF (Skin Protection Factor) because the higher the SPF, the more your skin is protected. Last, make sure it has no Parabens. Parabens are preservatives but they are believed to cause aging of the skin and have been implicated in cancer studies. No need to put anything with Parabens in it on your skin.
We recommend our water-resistant, broad spectrum Protect Me™ to protect your face with the best level of protection. We also have a self tanner and a wonderful body cream for after-sun moisturization. But first, get that sunblock on and remember to watch the clock and don’t overdo it anyway!