Many skin care experts agree that 80 to 90 percent of the damage done to skin is caused by UV exposure. With Memorial Day as the official kick off for summer, and summer just around the corner, it’s important to get ready for the season and take steps to protect skin. Avoiding sunburn and other skin problems keep summer more enjoyable.
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, experts offer the following tips for protecting summer skin and keeping it healthy.
Reapply sunscreen regularly, about two to three hours, and wear sunglasses to protect eyes. Beaches and snowy climates can be particularly brutal because of the reflection off snow and water. Use sunscreen during cloudy days too because UV rays are still prevalent on these days.
Avoid using any products that make skin sensitive to sunburn, including products that contain Vitamin A or alpha-hydroxy acids. These products are best used at night to help repair skin damage.
Wear a waterproof sunscreen when exercising, playing sports, or going in the water. Reapply often even though it is waterproof as sweat and water still wash some of the product away.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen under makeup even if the foundation contains SPF. There is not enough SPF in makeup to adequately protect skin.
Prevention Magazine unveiled its latest tips to not only help avoid common summer skin care conditions, but also keep skin on the body soft and healthy.
Breakouts across the back, shoulders, and chest can also be a problem because of clogged pores and excessive oil production. Choose a body wash with benzoyl peroxide to help prevent breakups as well as clear up any current problems.
Always use at least an SPF 30 sunscreen while in the sun. If a burn occurs, stay out of the sun until the burn is completely healed to avoid compounding the problem.
Using sunscreen is not enough though. Sunscreen needs to actually do what it says it does so skin is protected. In a new Consumer Reports study, one third of the sunscreens tested failed to deliver the amount of sunscreen they promised.
They tested 34 different water-resistant sunscreens. Out of those, 11 provided 16 to 70 percent less sunscreen protection than what was advertised on the label.
According to Trisha Calvo, health and food deputy content editor, findings were troubling.
“Our findings are troubling because consumers may not be getting the amount of SPF they think they’re getting.”
Natural sunscreens, those that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, didn’t fare any better. Since the American Cancer Society announced that there would be 73,000 new cases of skin cancer this year, it’s a good idea to have a skin care routine that is effective in protecting skin while keeping it healthy.
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