Summer Sun Skin Protection

Sunscreen is a major must-have during these exuberantly sunny summer months. Skin protection should always be in mind, especially during the summer when our sun exposure increases and is almost unavoidable.

 

Sunscreen that has an SPF is the best choice. In my house, the only choice. Without SPF you’re basically applying expensive lotion. Ridiculous.

 

According to Dictionary.com, SPF stands for;

“1. Sun Protection Factor: the effectiveness of suntanning preparations in protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, as rated on a scale of increasing protectiveness from 2 to 15 or sometimes higher.”

 

SPF is what blocks the harmful UVB (ultraviolet B) from entering your skin, but CANNOT block UVA (ultraviolet A)  rays. UVA rays are those that go deep into the skin, while UVB rays affect the outer skin layer.

 

“Sunscreen with the highest SPF is always the best!”   -Everyone EVER

 

Well what do you know. What you have been told your WHOLE life is a lie. Let me explain with a little science:

As said by these specialists, SPF 30 sunscreen is only 3% more effective at blocking UVB rays than an SPF 15 sunscreen blocking 94% of UVB rays emitted. Beyond SPF 30 the protection percentages are BARELY higher… We’re talking tenths and hundredths of a percent higher. Most dermatologists recommend SPF 30 because it blocks almost all of the UVB rays it can, and there really is NO sunscreen that offers 100% protection.

 

Another pointer on the topic of sunscreen; always apply sunscreen at least one hour prior to sun exposure. That one hour gives your skin time to absorb the sunscreen to give you maximum protection. Also, reapply sunscreen every hour for the best results. Nobody likes a sunburn, so keep on lathering up with that SPF!

 

In case of sunburn, treat with aloe vera lotion and avoid further exposure to the sun until your skin can heal. Over exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can lead to sun spots, which can become skin cancer without proper prevention and treatment. Pretty serious stuff, so always always always wear sunscreen when having fun in the sun! Have an amazing, hopefully sunburn-free summer, lovelies!

 

 

 

 

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Summer Skincare: Lather Up Lovelies!

The sun can be a real treat to your skin considering all of the vitamin D you’ll absorb. Although, we all know exposure to the sun for too long isn’t very lovely without the proper prep.

When in the summer heat, you need to moisturize. I cannot stress this enough! Moisture is what keeps your skin looking young. Without having routine moisture, your skin will dry out causing premature wrinkles and sun spots, both of which aren’t very pretty but can easily be prevented. We prefer finding a moisturizer or body lotion that is natural so you won’t be absorbing any kind of harmful chemicals that could further damage your skin.

Sun On Beach

Keeping your skin hydrated is partly by how much water you consume. The more water that is circulating through your body, the more moisture your skin will have naturally. But a little extra help from shelf products never hurt!

Coconut oil might just be what you are looking for if you’re on a budget and trying to find a natural moisturizer. Now just because it’s an oil does NOT mean it’s slimy and greasy. Coconut oil is more of a dry oil, so you just rub it in until it is fully absorbed into your skin. Also, it has an SPF of 6; not much but every bit of protection helps! Coconut oil can also help clear up common skin irritations like razor burn, KP’s, and eczema. Who knew, right?

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be found in any grocery where all of the other oils and non-stick sprays are located.

Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

Lush’s Body Lotions are natural, non-greasy moisturizers that are reasonably priced and handmade. Lush is also 100% vegetarian and helps fight against animal cruelty. Plus, their products are amazing! What’s not to love about them??

Another part of keeping your summer skin beautiful is by exfoliating. Exfoliation helps scrub away the dead skin, dirt, sweat, and pollutants that like hang out in your pores. And remember, after you exfoliate MOISTURIZE. You especially want to exfoliate right before you tan so you’ll have an even, sun-kissed glow rather than a splotchy mess!