4th of July means sun, sand and surf, but you need to stay protected. Sunscreen doesn’t have to be a hassle — read 8 easy tips for staying safe in the sun this weekend and beyond.
Sun damage can cause wrinkles, dark spots and most importantly skin cancer, so it’s super vital to stay safe and protected every single day. Check out these expert tips from a leading dermatologist to have gorgeous, glowing skin without the burn.
Dr. Gary Goldfaden, founder of GOLDFADEN MD skincare line says:
1. When choosing between a lotion and a spray, “Go with the spray. Studies have shown that the particles (found in spray) are so small that they evenly coat the uneven surface of the epidermis better than creams. Think of your skin surface as peaks and valleys-tiny particles cover these uneven areas much more effectively than cream and it’s far better for than the environment than opting for an aerosol version.”
2. Remember to use SPF before you go in the ocean or pool. “The sun’s reflection off the water can cause severe burns. Don’t assume just because your body is in the water and cool that the exposed areas (face, chest and back) are safe from the sun.”
3. Read the labels. “Anything higher than SPF 50+ can tempt you to stay in the sun too long. Even if you don’t burn, your skin can experience damage related to over exposure from UVA/UVB rays. Stick to SPFs between 15 and 30 SPF levels and reapply every hour when in the sun and up to three times per day when not in direct sun light (remember: you still get sun exposure through those clouds).”
4. Avoid Vitamin A while in the sun: “Eating vitamin A-infused vegetables is good for you, but spreading vitamin A on your skin may not be. Government data shows that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. It’s in 20 percent of all sunscreens that EWG reviewed in 2014 and also found in any ‘retinoid’ infused beauty product. Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A when in the sun and choose to keep these as part of your nightly regimen.”
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5. Re-apply: “Sunscreen chemicals sometimes breakdown in the sun, wash off or rub off on towels and clothing. It’s important that you reapply your sunscreen every hour when in direct sun light to ensure proper skin protection.”
6. “Wear clothes. Hats, shirts, dresses, shorts and pants provide the best protection from UV rays.”
7. Plan ahead: “Head outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at midday between 12 and 3pm.”
8. Shady lady. “Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that causes cataracts.”
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas