The Why, What and How of Using Sunscreen

Now that the warmer weather is here to day, sunny days lure us into those great outdoor activities, such as swimming, boating and basketball. As you head out to enjoy some fun in the sun, don't forget to wear sunscreen every day to ensure your skin is properly protected.

Applying sunscreen to your skin shields it from the harmful UV rays of the sun and prevents skin damage. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that the most effective sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or better. There are quite a few everyday products, such as moisturizers and makeup, that contain sunscreen and makes it simple to include in your daily routine.

It's easy to remember sunscreen on those hazy, lazy days of summer, but you actually should use it all year long because of the sun's incredible reflective powers. The snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays and sand reflects up to 17 percent of the sun's rays, which is probably the reason you burn so quickly at the beach.

Along with having an SPF factor of 15 or better, consider choosing a sunscreen with aloe that helps with the skin's healing process and protects against future damage. Aloe in your sunscreen and moisturizing products adds an extra level of protection for your skin because aloe soothes skin, keeps it from peeling and provides necessary moisture.

After selecting a sunscreen with aloe, apply it liberally all over your skin anytime you intend to be out in the sun for more than 20 minutes. Because there is sun exposure on cloudy days, too, so you always need to apply a sunscreen. Apply enough sunscreen to fill a regular shot glass to be sure you are using enough. When you come inside, use a skin moisturizer with aloe to heal your skin and infuse it with moisture.

When you forget to use a sunscreen, it can cause serious damage to your skin, such as premature aging, dark spots and melanoma. Remember, once you wear the right sunscreen, your skin is protected and ready to face the sun!


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent
any skin disease. Please consult with your dermatologist before starting a skin care regimen.
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