In ancient Egypt, the Sun God Ra was worshiped. It was believed that all forms of life were created by Ra. Light is life. Photosynthesis is the real deal of course. But, as “they” say, everything in moderation. Here are some tips to keep you on the good side of the sun, as nature made you.
Dr. Jwala Karnik, Chief Medical Officer at Suneva Medical, Inc., offers her expertise on staying safe in the sun.
1. Keep an eye on the clock—The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When possible, avoid direct exposure to the sun during these hours.
2. Moisturize with SPF—Apply a moisturizer with SPF to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.
3. Sun protective clothing—If you’re planning to be outdoors during peak hours, wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses as an added layer of defense.
4. Lather it on early—Don’t wait until you’re in the sun to apply protection, your skin needs 20 minutes to absorb a chemical sunscreen completely.
5. Lather it on often—Don’t forget to reapply your sun protectant every few hours, or more frequently if it gets wiped off or you are in the water. Just because it’s waterproof doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reapply.
6. Double up certain spots—Adding a second coat of SPF to your nose, hands, ears and the tops of your feet is important, as these areas tend to burn more easily.
7. Pucker up—Your lips need love too. Be sure to use a chapstick that has at least SPF 15 to protect lips from the sun and lock in moisture.
8. Don’t forget your décolletage—Remember to apply protection to your neck and upper chest areas. Freckling and sun damage on this part of the body is a telltale sign of aging.
9. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize—Don’t be fooled by humid weather. Just because there’s moisture in the air doesn’t mean you should forgo applying a moisturizer to your skin. While moisturizing with SPF during the day can protect skin, moisturizing in the evening is also important, as it helps replenish and nourish skin to reveal a healthier-looking complexion.
10. Do your homework—When selecting a sun protectant, determine if your skin is a better candidate for a chemical or physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens work to shield the sun’s rays and incorporate ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, whereas chemical protectants are absorbed into skin and filter or scatter the rays. If you have sensitive skin, you may be a better candidate for a physical sunscreen.
Protect skin with the following…
Check out Regenica Renew SPF 15 to reduce signs of aging while protecting skin from harmful UV rays. It’s formulated with MRCx next generation growth factor technology to signal your skin’s natural repair and renewal mechanisms. (Available at regenica.com)
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 provides broad spectrum sun protection. The matte finish helps eliminate excess oil and shine. It also works well under make up as a primer. (Available at lovelyskin.com)
Ocean Potion’s new EverGlow Xtreme Self-Tanning Lotion creates a natural looking tan. It delivers subtle color within hours and a rich tan in just three days. Cocoa and shea butter deliver deep hydration and Vitamins A, C and E help skin feeling smooth. It’s Paba-free and not tested on animals. And it features a mango-lime scent. (Available at drugstore.com)
La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 combines anti-aging results with optimal sun protection. The two-in-one serum offers powerful antioxidant benefits while decreasing the risk of premature aging caused by sun damage. Its powerful formula also helps visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and uneven skin texture. (Available at lovelyskin.com)
PCA SKIN’s Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a quick absorbing, lightweight broad spectrum sunscreen that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It’s been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. (Available at pcaskin.com)
The Colorescience Sunforgettable line provides safe UVA and UVB sun protection. It includes the Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30, one of the 2014 InStyle Best Beauty Buys, the Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 which gives lips a glossy tint of color while protecting from the sun, and Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50, one of the 2015 InStyle Best Beauty Buys, is portable and gives sheer coverage. (Available at colorescience.com)
Kiehl’s Since1851 introduces their new Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30. The multi-action formula brightens the skin with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to help diminish the appearance of dark circles, Activated C and Licorice Root help reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and SPF 30 utilizes a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration. (Available at kiehls.com)
NEOVA’s DNA Damage Control ACTIVE provides photoprotection in one advanced formula. It reduces visible signs of the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays and contains light-activated enzymes that help minimize signs of photodamage. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes. (Available at neova.com)
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula introduces their new suncare line, the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range features SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm, SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face, and SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick. (Available at Walmart)
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 provides broad spectrum sun protection while reducing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Physical sunscreen ingredients prevent sun damage and signs of photo-aging. This treatment sunscreen also contains a Melatonin Defense Complex that diminishes dark spots and fine lines while providing antioxidant protection against harmful free radicals. (Available at lovelyskin.com)