What do you know about sun protection?
Are you a Sun Goddess?
Do you worship the sun?
This may sound harsh.
But, here goes:
Don’t screw around with your skin when it comes to direct sunlight and its uber-powerful UV rays!
What You Should Know….
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), everyone should use sunscreen for protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. UV is believed to be the trigger for skin cancer and the precursor to wrinkles and premature aging.
Yet, despite the hundreds of sunscreen products — and the educational marketing and media coverage about using sun protection, the number of people suffering from malignant melanoma of the skin continues to rise each year.
The number of new cases of skin cancer per 100,000 people has risen from 7.9 in 1975 to 24 people in 2013.
This represents a consistent average 3% percent rise each year in newly diagnosed cases and a 200 percent (200%) rise from 1975 to 2013.
According to some estimates, more than 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2018.
Ready to Get Serious?
So, if you’re serious about the optimal health of your skin, we need to discuss your nutrition, first.
Yup, starting from the inside out is “ground zero.”
You can actually boost your internal ability to offset UVA and UVB radiation through the nutrients you eat each day.
For example, antioxidants found in fruits and veggies have been shown to have protective effects.
And then there are super-foods like salmon that contain a fat-soluble carotenoid called astaxanthin. This carotenoid has shown to be quite effective in off-setting UV rays.
Next Step is Advanced Sun Screen Formulation
As discussed above, the sun creates absolute havoc on your skin – and most notably starts the pre-mature aging process including dryness, wrinkles and lines.
The biggest question among many is whether to put sunscreen on before or after makeup.
If you speak with credible dermatologists, they will absolutely advise you to put it on BEFORE you apply your makeup.
Most experts don’t mince words. It’s very simple.
They advise their clients to apply it evenly all over until it vanishes. Use it as a primer under your foundation.
And for both UVA and UVB protection, it’s important to look for these three ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate and Octisalate.
Zinc Oxide is a physical sunscreen rather than chemical sunscreens. The other two ingredients are chemical filters.
If you have sensitive skin, you should look for sunscreen that uses those ingredients as they are unlikely to irritate your skin.
They provide a barrier to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, it’s like wearing a mask. Plus, you can apply this sunscreen under your foundation — it even acts as a primer.
What About Your Makeup?
Perhaps your makeup already has SPF in it.
If so, that should have you covered, right? Wrong.
Most dermatologist warn not to rely on makeup for the best source of SPF skin protection.
These products are notoriously unreliable in terms of protection.
In addition, makeup isn’t always applied evenly. And, it comes off easily — thus, decreasing optimal coverage.
The best bet is to wear sunscreen underneath your foundation.
So your morning routine should include applying sunscreen under your makeup.
Don’t skimp on application either. Make sure you get a generous even layer of sunscreen on your face before applying any other cosmetic products.