Most of us focus on good sun protection behavior as we enter the summer months. Good habits should be practiced year-round though, and these tips should help us stay fit and un-burned!
* SPF 30 is really the only number we need in sunscreen UVB protection; anything higher gives us a really small amount of additional protection * We need UVA protection as well; Helioplex is Neutrogena’s patented ingredient for UVA protection. Titanium dioxide and micronized zinc oxide are good UVA blockers as well. Our Ultra Sheer spray sunscreen has good ingredients for both UVA and UVB protection and is excellent for sensitive skin. * Heliocare is an oral sun protectant. I call it “armor on the inside”. This fern extract has been used for thousands of years by South American indians, and helps reduce the red reaction from sun exposure as well as actually blocking the “kinks” that can mangle our DNA! It has a lot of compelling research behind it. * A broad-brimmed hat (4in) with opaque materiel protects your head, ears and shoulders * Good quality polarized sun-glasses are so necessary to protect our eyes * Sun-protective clothing: cool Dri-Fit long sleeve shirts, or those with an actual UPF rating (UPF, Ultraviolet Protection Factor, measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin)
Respect the sun, don’t fear it!