Don’t get me wrong- there used to be a period of time where I would do anything to get the golden tan. I would lay out in the Caribbean sun for a good chunk of the day and roast away! 🙂 The current 30 something year old me shudders at the 14-16 year old me as I’ve had my fair share of sunburns and weird tans.
As much as I love warm weather and Mr. Sunshine, I do fear UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays can contribute to sunburns but UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and can cause premature aging as well as skin cancer.
When in the car, the glass windows can protect you against UVB rays; however, UVA rays can still penetrate through. If you do not use sunscreen regularly, here is why you should consider tinting your car windows.
There are so many sunscreen choices on the market. How do you choose?
If you pick a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15; you are only protecting yourself against burn but not premature aging and/or skin cancer. As a result, you have to pick a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 which blocks out 97% of the UVB rays. SPF 50 sunscreen will block out 98% of the UVB ways whereas SPF 100 sunscreen will block out 90% of the UVB rays. No sunscreen will be able to block 100% of the UVB rays.
A gentle reminder to all- no sunscreen can be waterproof or “sweatproof”. If a sunscreen is water resistant, the claim (e.g. lasts at least 40 minutes or 80 minutes) must be very clearly written on the label.
Apply generously at least 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure. As a base rule, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours. If you are swimming and/or sweating, you need to reapply more frequently.
Do not be fooled by cloudy days. UV rays are always there. Be diligent about wearing your sunscreen; your skin will thank you.
During winter, don’t forget to apply sunscreen especially if you are a lover of winter sports. Snow can reflect up to 80% of the UV rays. UV rays also increase by 10% for every 1000 ft elevation.
What is the top reason why individuals don’t like to wear sunscreen? Everyone thinks sunscreen is sticky & greasy. Not all products are created the same. Below are some of my favourite products:
I absolutely adore this sunscreen as an everyday option as it’s not greasy at all. It’s got enough protection for me on a daily basis to block out the UVA and UVB rays.
Some of you may be wondering- what does the PA +++ stand for? PA is a Japanese and Korean rating system where it shows you how much UVA and UVB protection you are getting. The rating system can go from PA+, PA++ to PA +++ being the highest standard.
Where Do You Buy This Product? I am lucky in the sense that I have many friends who travel frequently to Asia and can bring me back this product; however, you can also find this online through Amazon. Online shopping makes these kinds of purchases so much easier!
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce 50+
Like the Anessa sunscreen, I love how light weight this product feels on my skin. The added bonus is the WetForce technology where the level of protection becomes strong when becoming exposed to water for 15 minutes or sweat for 30 minutes. Overall, you must remember to reapply after 80 minutes as it is only water resistant for that amount of time.
It’s a bonus where this sunscreen smells really good. Usually, sunscreen has a very unique smell but this sunscreen doesn’t smell like sunscreen at all!
I know of individuals who are allergic to sunscreen. I find this option to be very good alternative which uses zinc oxide as a natural sunscreen. Due to the nature of zinc oxide, zinc oxide can sit on the surface on the skin and act as a barrier for UVA and UVB rays. Some individuals may not like the idea of using zinc oxide because it could turn your skin chalky but I didn’t find this to a problem with this product.
Where Do You Find This Product?
EttuSais Lip Essence SPF 18 PA++
I was introduced to this gem of a product by my friend. I’m a lazy girl when it comes to lipcare so this is the easiest way to give my lips some shine and give it the right amount of protection. As mentioned above, PA is a Japanese and Korean rating system. PA ++ is the 2nd best rating.
Remember: If you plan to be out and about in the sun, cover up! Buy a nice big brimmed hat. Seek shade when you can and try your best to avoid the time between 11 AM- 3 PM. Some individuals would even say anytime between 10 AM- 4 PM is when the sun rays are strongest.