Sunscreen…. I stash the bottles everywhere, gym bags, drawers, purses, backpacks.
Recently, I read a report that stated that 85% of the population does not understand that brown spots, wrinkles, laxity, dull-looking skin are caused from sun damage. More than 90% of visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the exposure to the sun.
In fact, only 1 in 7 women wear SPF daily, and women get 50% of their sun exposure, AFTER THE AGE OF 40. That is alarming.
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN IN THEIR 50’s WHO:
Don’t wear shorts now because of big brown spots 93%
Tanned using a foil reflector bib in college 92%
Tanned with Baby Oil 87%
Tanned with Baby Oil AND iodine 50%
Tanned with Crisco on their friend’s roof in 8th grade 31%
Common myths related to sun exposure:
You can not get sun damage on a cloudy day: FALSE
Using sunscreen causes vitamin D deficiency: FALSE
A good base tan prevents skin cancer: FALSE
A beach umbrella blocks harmful rays: FALSE
I understand that the SPF ratings are confusing. The simplified facts are UVA cause AGING and UVB cause BURNS. UVA are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. They are long rays and penetrate some clothing and glass. Remember this when you take your next road trip in a car, on a cloudy day. AGING!!!! They penetrate much deeper into the skin, damaging the cells beneath, causing sun spots, leathery skin, wrinkles and cataracts. UVB rays are not the same strength year round. They are more prevalent in the summer months and in the highest amount between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
So, which sunscreen should I use?
2 times the SPF DOES NOT EQUAL 2 times the protection
SPF 100 99% UVB Protection
SPF 50 98% UVB Protection
SPF 30 97% UVB Protection
SPF 15 93% UVB Protection
Mineral VS Synthetic Sunscreen
Mineral agents reflect UVA rays away from the skin. It is great for dry, sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. Synthetic agents change UVA rays into a harmless heat shield. It is better for oily, breakout prone skin.
It is best to choose a sunscreen that will protect your skin from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burn). Selecting a sunscreen that you will use, every day of the year, is best. Stash them in your backpack, purse, gym bag so that you can reapply, especially if you find yourself in the direct sunlight. We all change our plans, occasionally, and do not want to find ourselves having to choose between having fun in the sun protected with sunscreen, versus burning, being in pain, prematurely aging and potentially developing skin cancer.