Have a Sun-Safe Summer! Choosing the Right Sunscreen to Protect Yourself from the Sun

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BY EMILY M. HARWOOD

It can be fun to get out and enjoy sunny, summer weather; however, too much sun can be damaging. Overexposure to sun can cause wrinkles, sunburn and skin damage and can also increase your risk for skin cancer. A quality sunscreen, along with a bit of good judgment, can help protect you from these negative consequences. By educating yourself about your options, you can be confident that the product you choose will fit your particular needs. Half the battle with sunscreen is about finding one you like enough to actually use!

The sunscreen you select should have “broad spectrum” protection, meaning it effectively protects against significant portions of both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go the smaller the difference becomes.

Here are a few of this year’s new sunscreen options to consider:

Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen Serum + Shine Control with SPF 35
Sunscreen can make even dry skin appear shiny – so, it is no wonder those of us with oily skin avoid wearing it. This new formula from Olay keeps shine at bay when layered under makeup, while still protecting with an SPF 35.

Botanical Sunscreen SPF 70 Lotion by Australian Gold

This chemical-free SPF 70 sunscreen is ideal if you have sensitive or reactive skin and are looking for a formula that is a little more natural.

Pacifica Sun + Skincare Mineral Bronzing SPF 50 Face Stick

This face stick does not just protect skin from harmful UV rays, it also imparts a natural glow that will make you want to keep wearing (and reapplying) it.

Sea Star Sparkle SPF 50+ Mermaid Glitter Sunscreen

Sunshine & Glitter just released this new SPF 50 formula with biodegradable glitter, so you can shine-on without any guilt. It is also a terrific way to get little ones to happily submit to sunscreen application.

Remember to reapply often enough

People become sunburned even when using sunscreen because they usually do not use enough, do not reapply often enough or use expired products. Since most people do not apply sufficient sunscreen to achieve the SPF listed on the container, frequent reapplication (after two hours out of doors or immediately after swimming or sweating heavily) is especially important.

Apply the correct amount

You should apply about 1.5 fluid ounces of sunscreen to exposed skin. Smooth on rather than rubbing into skin. All skin that may be exposed should be covered. This includes the back, neck, ears and even the part in your hair.

Look for Seal of Recommendation

To ensure the best protection in sunscreen products, look for the Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Seal of Recommendation” that is granted to products which have been reviewed and meet specific criteria. This seal is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized by consumers worldwide.

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