Sun damage builds up over your entire lifespan, meaning that all that sun exposure you got running around outside as a kid or tanning until you were crispy as a teen is damage that cannot be undone. That’s why it is critical to protect your skin from the sun, even on a cloudy day. Yes, the sun’s mighty rays can penetrate the fluffy clouds and zap your skin even if it isn’t hot or sunny outside.
The routine use of sunscreen could prevent millions of cases of skin cancer a year, but most of us fail to put it on daily. It’s easy to remember if you’re heading to the beach or plan on be at the park all day, but most people don’t realize that you should wear sunscreen every day. Luckily, nowadays, you can buy face creams, moisturizers and body lotions that have sunscreen built right in, so choosing to protect your skin can easily be integrated into your daily routine.
When picking out a sunscreen to use, always go for a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. It’s best if it has an SPF of 30 or higher. Don’t forget to cover your lips as well! There are many lip balms and glosses with sun protection built into them. When it is sunny outside or you will be outdoors for an extended period of time you can accessorize with a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes, forehead, ears and neck. These areas are at high risk for skin cancers as they see the most sun exposure.
Sun protection should start in youth. Babies should always be kept out of direct sunlight whenever possible. Children should wear sunscreen if they are going to be outside for more than a few minutes. If kids are at the pool or playing in the sprinkler, remember to reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours. It’s a good practice to have your children learn the importance of wearing sunscreen, so they continue their healthy sun protection habit for life.
If you’re looking for a good sunscreen brand to try, Sun Bum is an excellent choice. Their sunscreens moisturize the skin, while also protecting from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Their products also include Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature aging of the skin. As their motto says, ‘Trust The Bum’.