Summer is in full swing, I hope you’re enjoying some off time with your family and friends. Human beings are made to congregate, that’s how we strive emotionally. A good laugh with my close girlfriends will always elevate my mood and put my mind at ease. Avoiding stressful situations and cultivating inner joy as well as good skin care and diet will keep us healthy and beautiful for years to come!
Today I wanted to talk a bit more in-depth about a part of skincare that is especially relevant during summertime -sun defense.
Here are five tips everyone should know about using sunscreen:
1- Know what the Ultraviolet Index (UVI) is in your area.
There are apps on your phone for you to know the UVI at any time. The UVI is a rating scale 0-2 (low) to 11+ (extreme).
2- Know that certain medications make you more sensitive to the sun.
Sun sensitivity is increased by drugs such as acne treatments, antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, and some herbal supplements. Double-check all medications for caution about sun sensitivities they may create.
3- Know to limit your sun exposure.
During peak daylight hours, be sure to monitor and limit the amount of time you expose yourself to the sun. Risks from exposure to UV rays greatly increase in the summertime, especially during midday, in high altitudes, and from reflective light, so always wear sunscreen even when you’ll be in full shade and on (or near) water or snow.
4- Know how to properly use sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen early and liberally 30 minutes before going outside so it has time to be absorbed. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen the size of a golf ball to every part of your body exposed to the sun. Don’t forget your ears, feet, and back of the neck. And reapply every two hours.
5- Know the “Red Flag” ingredients.
This includes fragrance, phthalates, sodium Laureth sulfate, and anything ending in “-paraben. Also, oxybenzone and octinoxate