While there are less direct UV rays in the winter, there is significant reflection of these rays which can still easily cause sunburn.
I recommend that all of my clients wear sunscreen daily to prevent cumulative sun exposure and the resulting fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and even skin cancer.
From the plethora of toxic and smelly sunscreens (year around) - which to choose from?
Check the labels and see that they offer various SPF protection number values.
You’re well aware of the sun’s damaging effects on skin: Cancer, pre-mature skin ageing, wrinkles, immune system suppression etc’… Scary stuff indeed. So if SPF- 15 is good, isn’t 100 better? Why not have SPF-500?
If you automatically think that a higher SPF number is better, you logically should be correct, but as we will see below, the answer isn’t as obvious as you might think.
Let’s try to clear-up exactly what the SPF is, what the differences are between the values and how you can pick the best number for you so do not have to worry about the pesky potential harmful sunlight side-effectsand their direct correlation to aging - faster! It’s time to bust the higher SPF myth!
Sunscreen for skin health.
The Sun Protection Factor or SPF is utilized to measure a sunscreen products protection from UVB (Ultra Violet B) rays, the type that cause sunburn and contribute to skin cancer. SPF however does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect from UVA (Ultra Violet A) rays, which are also damaging and harmful. Dermatologists generally recommend using at least an SPF-15 or preferably a SPF-30 sunscreen for everyday use.
A Sunscreen with SPF-15 protects against 93% of UVB rays, an SPF-30 protects against 97% while an SPF-50 protects against 98% (a relatively minor difference). Very high SPF numbers (such as SPF-100 and higher) are mostly marketing ploys. Most experts believe SPF-30 is enough, provided you don’t skimp, apply the proper amount and remember to re-apply for the duration of your time in the sun.
The jump from SPF-15 to 30 gives you a 4% protective increase while from 30 to 50 there is only a 1% increase. Beyond this minimal increase in protection, sunscreen products with very high SPFs can also encourage individuals to neglect other important protective behaviors, like limiting their sun exposure, seeking shade whenever possible and wearing sun-protective clothing.
No sunscreen, no matter how strong, can offer total protection, so especially if the product is not broad-spectrum (which will be explained below), by preventing sunburn, sunscreens with very high SPFs can create a false sense of security, prompting consumers to stay out in the sun longer.
Sun damage (for example, UVA damage) can take place without skin-reddening doses of UV radiation, and even the best sunscreens should be considered just one vital part of a more comprehensive sun protection regimen.
It is very important to keep in mind that SPF ratings only apply to UVB protection.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA long wave and UVB short wave light, both of which effect the skin in harmful ways.
The FDA has cracked down on boastful marketing claims and established a standard test for over-the-counter (sold without a prescription) sunscreen products that determine which products are allowed to be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.”
So to recap, the key to proper protection is the amount applied (about an ounce) and ensuring repeated application every two hours or so. Most people tend to slather on either less than the required amount or much more. In the former instance, they are obviously under-protected, and while you might think the latter is preferable, people who over-apply tend to assume they are protected and re-apply less and not seek other radiation protection such as shade and protective clothing.
Regardless of any hype the sunscreen product you’re using might have, even sunscreen claims of “water-resistance” must have stated lengths of this effect lasting so as not to lull the consumers into a fake sense of security. None are 100% waterproof for any real length of time. So as with any SPF number, if you are physically active and sweating or get into the water, you probably need to reapply more often or risk losing the initial benefits of your application.
Remember that proper clothes are more reliable than sunscreen and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to put them on or reapplying. You’ll also be saving the amount of sunscreen needed because you’ll have less skin exposed. Broad brimmed hats are always recommended and darker colored or tightly woven fabrics and some specially treated UV protective clothing provide much more protection than say a plain white cotton T-shirt.
Be sure to pay close attention to sensitive areas.
– Note – Ladies, please remember that your make-up is not considered enough protection, even if it has some sort of sunscreen in it. The best way to enhance your coverage while wearing make-up would be to utilize a good facial moisturizer with sunscreen in it to better ensure having your skin remain healthy, youthful and wrinkle free.
Now onto the GOOD VIBE SUNSCREEN of CHOICE for SKIN IMMUNITY and PROTECTION!
Evoq Day-Lite UV Protect (Tinted SPF 30+)
-Provide antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors.
-Incorporate nutrients for firmer, brighter, more luminous skin.
-Coverage of 97.1% UVB absorbance protection.
-Natural mineral pigments blend seamlessly and are ideal for most Caucasian skin types.
-Deliver powerful UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection that helps prevent sunburn and decreases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun (wrinkles, sagging, dark spots).
A Closer Look:
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This sunscreen and primer is a multi-action, lightweight, and 100% chemical-free hydrating lotion. It’s a broad-spectrum UV equalizer that’s fortified with Vitamins C + E + D to soothe as it protects skin from environmental aggressors.
At first pump, the "universal tint" might seem light — but rest assured, it's this exact quality that gives the antioxidant-rich anti-pollution formula its ability to blend sheerly into most skin tones without leaving a ghostly cast behind.
It effortlessly blends and blurs reddy undertones for a more natural skin tone and enhanced outer glow. Zinc particulate of sunscreen absorbs, reflects and redirects harmful UV light into photo-rejuvenating wavelengths for simultaneous photoprotection and photorejuvenation.
As a makeup primer, it’s the most powerful BB cream, creating a smooth, radiant canvas for additional makeup. Don't be surprised if you forget that you're wearing anything at all.
25% Non-nano Zinc Oxide 35 SPF - Unlike many chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide protects against UVA and UVB light rays and is often used as a natural, non-toxic sunscreen to prevent burns, signs of photo-aging and irritation. Reduces the visibility of skin damage by eliminating free radicals that increase the risk of skin cancer. Safe for the whole family.
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) - Contributes to healthy skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.
Sunflower Seed - Naturally a UV absorbent, it reduces the appearance of
wrinkles and lightens dark, under-eye circles and scars. Source of VItamin E.
Jojoba Oil - The closest molecular oil to our skin’s natural oil. It contains wax esters that act as a protective barrier to keep moisture in.
Vitamin E - Rehydrates and helps skin retain its natural dermal barrier to deter water loss. Potent ability to neutralize damaging free radicals caused by UV and environmental/chemical stressors.
Zinc Oxide Non-Nano (25%), Purified Mineral Water, *Jojoba Oil, *Shea Butter, *Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Extract (GMO-Free), *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Iron Oxides.
*Curated with organic, wildcraft, and food-grade ingredients.