Summer is here! A little sun can be good for us, but most of us over do it. Indulging in the sun for hours not only raises your risk of getting skin cancer, but also causes your skin to age faster! Here is what you need to know to prepare and protect your skin from the suns damaging rays.
What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
UVB are the rays that lead to sun damage and skin cancer. UVA rays accelerate aging, cause photo damage and can penetrate glass and cloud cover. Make sure that you choose a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays.
What SPF should I choose?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures how long your skin will be protected from UVB rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF 30 is a good option, always reapplying through out the day. Higher SPFs can have chemicals in order to get that high number. Chemicals can be irritating to sensitive skins. Higher number doesn't always mean its best, it all comes down to choosing the right formulation, with quality ingredients. Zinc is a physical sun screen that some times is mixed with other sun protecting ingredients such as titanium dioxide. Zinc is natural and is a great choice, especially for sensitive skins. Make sure you choose a broad spectrum sunscreen which protects against both UVA/UVB rays.
How much sunscreen do I need to put on?
The Skincare Foundation recommends for the face and neck: Use 1 teaspoon on each area.
For the body: Use the equivalent of 1 - 1.5 shot glasses to cover the whole body with sunscreen.
Not only should you slather sunscreen on the main parts of your face and body but also these easily forgotten areas: the tops of ears, lips, back of the neck and the hands. Men with little to no hair should always be diligent in applying sunscreen to the entire head!
How do I choose the right sunscreen for my skin type?
Here is a list of Eminence Organics sunscreens ideal for your skin -
OILY SKIN and COMBINATION SKINS:
Vanilla Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 is a light formulation with aloe vera. It is a great alternative to makeup. If your skin is combination and tends to get some dryness, wear a hydrating serum underneath. A serum with hyaluronic acid is a great way to get extra hydration with out feeling heavy.
Red Currant Moisturizer SPF 32: wont clog your pores and has antioxidants for healthy skin.
UNEVEN SKIN TONES: Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 32
ALL SKINS: Mineral Defense Powder with SPF 30; if you spritz Stone Crop toning mist on top to make it water proof. The powder comes tinted and can be a great substitute for makeup all the while protecting your skin. You will need to wear a moisturizer for your skin type underneath.
Vanilla Tropical Sun Day Cream SPF 32: is one of the best sunscreens for the face because it’s a broad spectrum formulation which protects against both UVA / UVB rays and doubles up as a fantastic makeup primer. Perfect for keeping cosmetics in place on a hot summer day.
FOR THE BODY:
Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32 :
Not only provides UVA/UVB protection but also takes you on a beautiful sensory journey with hints of vanilla and linden tea! Practical yet indulgent!