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Although summer is just starting to appear for many of you, it’s been summer for almost two months already here in Phoenix, AZ. Getting outside and enjoying the amazing weather is an important aspect of our daily lives, especially before it gets too hot to even open the curtains, but just because it’s beautiful doesn’t mean I can ignore the basics in skin protection. I thought now would be an excellent time to share some basic summer suncare tips, to help you keep your skin healthy now and for years to come.
1| Wear light-colored, loose, long-sleeved clothing. I know, when it’s super hot, you want to wear those short-shorts and racerback tanks, but I promise you, you’ll be more comfortable wearing light, cotton blouses and trousers. The light colors reflect the light away from you, which keeps you cooler, and protects your skin from the damaging rays.
2| Don that hat. Hats are a double-plus bonus, because they not only shade your skin from the sun, but they shade your eyes as well. The sun damages your eyesight, and I’m pretty sure you like your eyesight.
Triple-plus bonus? Throw on some sunglasses. You’ll look super cool.
3| Be Time-Sensitive. Avoid the sun between the hours of 10am and 3pm, because that is when the sun’s rays are strongest, and most damaging. If you have to be outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
4| Clouds Are Not Your Friend. Sorry, but even on the cloudiest days of summer, you can still get burned, so keep that in mind when you walk out the door without your hat or sunscreen.
5| Don’t Forget The Bits That Burn The Most. Protect those ears, nose, fingers and toes! They are often forgotten and all skin burns the same, so take care of all those precious parts. Behind the knees and ankles are also hot spots for bad burns, so cover them up!
6| If You Feel Like You’re Burning, You’re Already Burned. You know that feeling, we’ve all been there before, where you skin starts feeling scorched, but on closer inspection, looks OK? Yeah, you’re skin’s not OK, it’s crying out for help, so do yourself a favor and get out of the sun and find some aloe. That’s an order.
7| Use Sunscreen And Use It Often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Make sure you reapply it often, especially if you’re sweating or swimming!
Now, let’s talk about sunscreens for a minute. Did you know that chemical sunscreens protect the skin by absorbing the sun’s rays deep within the skin. Super crazy right? And some of the active chemicals have been shown to mimic as well as disrupt hormones, which is a little scary! Physical sunscreens, however, sit on top of the skin and very literally use rocks (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) to reflect the sun’s rays off the skin, keeping all the nasty stuff out of your system completely.
Physical sunscreens tend to be a little harder to apply, leaving a sort of white, chalky appearance on the skin. This is normal, and it just takes a little extra rubbing to get it fully applied. When you shop at Whole Foods Market, you know you’re getting the best of the best in terms of physical sunscreens. They have super diligent screening processes for all their products, be it supplements or suncare products, so you’re covered, both literally and physically!
See what I did there, huh?
I’m personally a big fan of Goddess Garden and Badger sunscreens, which have great textures and are easy to use. Plus! the Badger sunscreen doesn’t make Delaney break out in an eczema rash like so many other sunscreens do. I hope these suncare tips help remind you that although summer is awesome, it’s important to take care of your skin while you’re having fun!
Between May 23rd and May 26th, grab 30% off Sun Care products at Whole Foods Market, so take advantage of the savings while they last and protect your skin from the sun for decades to come.