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Do you want to look like this when you’re older?

March 31, 2009


Yeah, didn’t think so. Today’s gorgeous sunny weather (uhh, finally?) reminded me to do my duty and advise you all not to forget to slather on some SPF everyday…seriously! I know you all love your tans, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, sun exposure contributes to fine lines and wrinkles referred to by derms as “photoaging.” Sun rays may also contribute to pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions, like actinic keratosis and melanoma.

And trust me, sunscreens have come a long way from feeling heavy and gross. I have a couple favorites, starting with Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 (below, left, $10.40) (they actually have a 90+ one out now too!). It’s oil-free and non-greasy which I adore since I can get both oily and greasy come summertime. If your skin is extra oily, I’d suggest to just do a once over with a light, loose powder.

Another one I’ve just started using recently: Coppertone NutraShield Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 70+ (below-right, $9.99). It’s also very light, and though it says it’s fragrance free, it does have the slightest clean smell, but it won’t clog pores.

Here are some more tips from The American Cancer Society:

  • Once is not enough! – You have to reapply every couple hours if your sitting out for your sunscreen to be most effective, so have your bottle at hand
  • SPF 15 and up – Make sure you’re using at least SPF 15, and more for fairer skin tones since you’ll be more prone to getting burned
  • Look for UVA and UVB protection – Basically, UVA runs deeper in you skin and refers to those ultraviolet rays that contribute to signs of aging; UVB can lead to some precancerous growth and burns, so you want to protect yourself against both!
  • Let it dry – Most experts recommend you let it dry for 20-30 minutes before going out in the sun for most effective protection
  • Toss after two years – Ingredients become less potent after a couple years, so replace older sunscreen with new ones
  • Do you use sunscreen? What are some other sun-protecting products or tips you can recommend?


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