GUEST POST: Written By Joseph Snyder from MetropolitanMD.
July has been dubbed The American Cancer Society’s “UV Safety Month.” Since beach weather (thankfully) doesn’t wait until July, you should know that you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to a golden glow without the risks.
We all know by now that we need SPF, and with many makeup and face creams including at least SPF 15 already built in, that’s already a step in the right direction for many of us. I actually took a look around on my last shopping trip, and realized that it was almost harder to specifically find foundation or tinted moisturizer containing zero sun protection.
Now, if your not one to wear makeup to the beach or say, for an outdoor jog you really must get familiar with a good facial sun block in addition to one for body. Alba Botanica’s sun care line is a great choice for both, offering non-chemical protection up to SPF 45, and is loved by shoppers who choose natural products either for green reasons or skin sensitivity issues.
Reapplying = More Effective than High SPFs!
So what about the newer SPF 90+ lotions out there? While those with very fair, sun sensitive skin may want/need to go high with SPF, Dr. Edward Lack (Chicago rhinoplasty, dermatology) warns that this can become more of a marketing gimmick to make you feel like you need a higher and higher number whenever its available. Reapplying to keep that protection barrier on your skin strong is key, and will do a much better job than applying an extremely high SPF once and allowing it to wear off.
“Ideally you put on sunscreen an hour before going outside, then reapply it just before exposure. If you will maintain direct exposure as on the golf course or on a boat put the sunscreen on again every 2 hours,” Dr. Lack advises as a general rule.
Don’t Forget About Sunless Tanner!
Now that you are refreshed on staying adequately protected, we mustn’t forget the sunless tanner. If you’re a recovering sunbathing addict and haven’t tried one yet, now is the time; and sticking to some cult favorites will ensure a seamless transition into a faux glow with no looking back. Lavera‘s sunless lotion is THE organic choice, while the entire Clarins‘ line is highly recommendable- a favorite being the Self Tanning Instant Gel for a fast dash of color with no mess as you walk out the door in the morning. What’s not to love?
Written by Joseph Snyder, on behalf of MetropolitanMD, a Chicago liposuction, facial rejuvenation, and cosmetic surgery center.
Although the first official day of Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, it definitely already feels like the season is upon us. The weather has been gorgeous (at least in California ), kids are getting out of school and everyone is slowly beginning to post beach pictures up on their Facebook pages. When temperatures heat up, naturally, people start heading outdoors while unfortunately exposing themselves to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Of course, you would never forget to wear your sunscreen, but how hard is it to remember to reapply?? Check out this awesome new gadget that will make your life a little easier and a lot more safe.
What is it?
The UVSunSense is a new product that has been gaining a huge amount of recognition in the press. It’s an easy to wear bracelet that indicates when you need to reapply sunscreen and also when it’s best to get out of the sun!
How Does it Work?
When you first apply sunscreen, apply it to your UVSunSense bracelet as well. It will turn bright purple when activated by sunlight and the color slowly starts to fade, the longer you are in the sun. When the color reaches light pink, you need to reapply sun protection. When it gets to light yellow, you should probably head indoors.
Where Do I Get One?
The UV Sun Sense bracelets are available many places online such as Amazon.com or CVS.com, or check out their website to find a retailer near you!
How Much Are They?
$6.98 for a pack of 7 bracelets.
-Unfortunately, it’s not the most attractive piece of “jewelry” you can wear to the beach haha. I can definitely see some people dismissing it because of how “uncool” it may look, but with that said, I have no problem compromising my fashion sense to avoid wrinkles and skin cancer
-Since everyone’s skin and sensitivities to the sun are different, I cannot imagine that the bracelet will work the same for everyone.