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Sunny Days Ahead- Are you well covered?

Now that summer has officially begun a lot of us will be spending more time outside enjoying it and its beautiful sunshine! There is a lot of information out there on sun health/sun safety so I thought I would compile a few important facts that we can keep in mind over the next few months. Let’s play a little game of TRUE or FALSE!

1) My makeup/day cream has an SPF in it so I’m covered all day
Like all other sunscreen products the SPF in our makeup or day cream is effective for 2 hours only! It is very important to reapply in order to stay protected for the remainder of the day. I don’t however recommend reapplying over makeup or day cream all day as this can lead to clogged pores, blackheads, breakouts and irritation. You can either wash your face and reapply your SPF product or use a specific product that is designed to go over makeup for a fuss free application.

2) My Sunscreen is waterproof/water resistant so I don’t need to reapply after swimming
Most sunscreens are not waterproof. Some sunscreens (but not all) are water resistant and it should be indicated on the bottle or packaging how long this is to be true. Usually it’s somewhere between 40 to 80 minutes. You must reapply after swimming or sweating regardless if your sunscreen is water resistant or not.

3) The sun is good for you
The sun has many benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving bone health(vitamin D), improving brain function, easing mild depression, improving sleep quality and healing some skin disorders(acne, psoriasis, eczema, jaundice and fungal skin infections). It also boosts growth in children! Might explain my son’s latest growth spurt!

4) The higher the SPF the better
Let’s compare the different levels

SPF 8 blocks 88% of rays
SPF 15 blocks 95% of rays
SPF 30 blocks 97% of rays
SPF 50 blocks 98% of rays

This is not to say that you should ditch your SPF 30 for a 15 in the middle of the summer though. Most of us require an SPF of 30 during the summer months. An SPF 50 is highly recommended for people using retinol or AHA products, for people having had microdermabraison or chemical peels and for people who have had skin cancer. An SPF 15 is great for morning sun and spring time.

5) Self tanners provide protection
Self tanners provide zero protection from the sun. Its purpose is to give the skin a sun kissed look without any sun exposure.

6) I can enjoy the sun and tan safely
Absolutely! We can enjoy the sun and reap its benefits as long as we’re being responsible about it!

~ wear sunscreen daily
~ reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and sooner if there has been swimming or sweating
~ don’t stay in the midday sun too long
~ wear a hat and sun glasses
~ have your after sun products handy to soothe the skin and keep it well hydrated after exposure

Enjoy the sun!