Even though we’re approaching the colder months of the year, it’s still important to remember to use sunblock.remember to use sunblock. It’s common knowledge that exposure to the sun can create wrinkles, make one look older and even put your health in danger (no thanks, skin cancer). It’s the UV rays: UVA, the ones that penetrate deep into the skin (even through glass), and UVB, the ones that cause sunburns and the subsequent consequences. UVB rays are most intense between 10 am and 4 pm.
To battle the possible repurcussions of exposing naked skin to the sun, always wear sunscreen with a decent SPF, or sun protection factor. SPF is a measurement of how protected you are against UVB (and not UVA) rays. A good rule of thumb is the higher the SPF, the better you are protected, but don’t get comfortable—reapplying is key. When you choose your SPF, a few good ingredients to look for are Mexoryl SX, avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, because they filted UVA rays.
Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun—it needs to soak into the skin.
Ladies, apply make up after putting on moisturizer but before putting on make up.
If you’re swimming or sweating, reapply sunscreen often.
Don’t go out without proper protection. Your skin will thank you.
SOURCE: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery