Summer is Here and So Is the Sun
The sun is beaming down and refreshing us from the winter doldrums. It is also aging and damaging our skin. Any dermatologist will tell you that it is imperative to wear sun block every day. Even cloudy days. Even in winter. So how do you decide from all the plethora of choices in the drug store?
There Are Two Types of Sun Block
The two types of sun block are physical and chemical. A physical sun block uses either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect the radiation before it gets to your skin. It is great for sensitive skin and for those who prefer a more natural approach. The other type of sun block is chemical. It will be an amalgam of several different chemicals and together they will absorb the radiation before it can affect the skin. The problem with chemical sun blocks is that some of them contain something called PABA and many people find they have an adverse reaction to that. Check the label of whatever type of sunblock you prefer (oil, gel, lotion, cream etc.) and choose one without PABA or pick a physical sunblock instead.
SPF Means Sun Protection Factor
SPF determines how long you can stay in the sun before burning. If you normally burn in 10 minutes without any protection, multiply 10 times the SPF and that is how long you can now safely spend in the sun. So an SPF of 15 would give you 150 minutes of protection. Most experts recommend using an SPF of 30. Reapply sun block every two hours and after sweating or swimming.
Don’t Forget the Details
When applying sun block, remember the hands, the tops and back of the ears, the back of the neck the back of the knees and the tops of your feet. There’s nothing worse than trying to wear shoes after burning the tops of your feet! So cover up and both you and your dermatologist (get checked once a year) will be happy.
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Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in May 2014. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.