Just because the Labor Day Holiday has come and gone, doesn’t mean it’s time to toss away the sunscreen.
Sun overexposure and burns happen even after Labor Day.
The reality is the sun doesn’t care if it’s hot outside or even overcast. It will expose you to its rays each and every day.
Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or poolside.
Apply it when walking your dog, taking a swing out on the golf course, and really, anytime you are outdoors.
If you find that your outdoor time has decreased following summer, then consider wearing a tinted moisturizer. A top-tier product can offer anti-aging benefits in terms of hydration, coverage, and a sun protection factor of 40 or more.
And let’s not forget how the sun’s UVA rays can seep through a car, office or home windows, too.
Although we’ve been through it before, here is a breakdown between UVA and UVB rays and the need to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen when outdoors every single day of the year.
• UVB is known by healthcare professionals to be the ray which causes sunburns
• UVB rays are the primary cause of skin damage
• UVB rays are the leading cause of skin cancer
• UVA rays intensely penetrate the skin
• UVA causes skin damage such as wrinkles, age spots, loss of elasticity, and breakdown in collagen.
• UVA causes skin cancer
Once again, make certain that a sunscreen is listed as broad spectrum for full UVA and UVB protection.
Some other great solar protection tips include:
• Apply more broad spectrum sunscreen to sun spots and freckles
• Be watchful of any unusual moles or growths on the body, especially if you suffered from summer sunburns as a child.
• Get annual skin checkups with a dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon
• Be extra wary with additional sunscreen going outdoors between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is most powerful
Just think, now that you had such great practice being sunscreen diligent during the summer months, you’ll be ready for this regimen all year round.
And remember, put more on than you think you need – because so many of us use too little of it.