I hate to be a drag, but we all know too much sun can cause wrinkles and potential damage to our skin. If you’ve shopped around for protection against the sun, you know the choices can be overwhelming. There is sunscreen, sunblock, tanning oil, SPF 15 to 50 and beyond. So to help you out, here are the basics that you need to know….
* UVA rays break down collagen and elastin fibers supporting skin; these rays cause long-term skin damage (a.k.a. wrinkles).
* UVB rays causes your skin to burn or tan.
* SPF (sun protection factor) protects from UVB’s rays, which really translates to how long a person can stay in the sun with out burning. An SPF of 15 means you can stay outside fifth teen times longer that if you went out with nothing on without causing sun damage to your skin.
* Sunblocks are physical barriers, like a hat or a visor.
* Sunscreens are chemical UVA shields that can be applied to your skin.
* Even if you put on tons of sunscreen on, you can still get color.
* Whatever sunscreen/sunblock you chose to purchase make sure it protects against UVA/UVB rays.
Here are some products I am a fan of : Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 55
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
I also find myself liking the spray-on sunscreens; they are much easier for me to put on myself and my daughter; they are also easier to reapply. The only problem I have having with sunscreen is that it sticks to my nail polish. When figure that one out, I will let you know.