All About Sunscreens
Ladies: Before you hit the beach or the backyard this season for some tanning time, be sure to check your sunscreens at home and read up before you buy new ones.Â Because a few things recently changed, so we have to pay a little more attention when we buy products this year to enjoy our time in the sun.
Last year, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm258416.htm) changed the law for the first time in many years regarding sunscreens. The FDA now says there’s no scientific proof that anything over Sun Protection Factor 50 can protect you any better than a lesser SPF.Â They’ve made companies list on their products that they are “Broad Spectrum,” a minimum of 15 SPF, or maximum of 50 SPF. They also have to have to be more specific on their “waterproof” claims.
Half of my clients say that they only use sunscreen when they’re going outside or on the beach, but that’s a big mistake. You have to put it on every morning.Â Ultraviolet rays hit your skin even when it’s raining or snowing. It doesn’t have to be a sunny day to do damage.Â The sun’s rays increase skin cancer risk and early aging.
Of course, the subject here is using sunscreen when you go tanning, but it’s not hard to do it every day, especially when everything you already use regularly – from moisturizers to makeup. Most of those products now have SPF protection built-in.
The sun’s rays are the number one source of aging for your skin.Â Investing in good sunscreen will cut your spending later in life on anti-aging creams to combat those effects before they even happen.
So. if you ever spend more than five minutes standing in front of the shelves, wondering which product is the best for you, stop by our spa and talk to one of our specialists. It’s our job. And don’t forget about spray-tanning, a safe alternative we also offer to soaking in the sun.
Sun Safety Tips from the FDA
*Sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher should be used regularly
*Sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. should be limited
*Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses and hats
*Put on sunscreen every 2 hours if you’re on the beach or out for the day
Â Karolina Fiuk