April 26, 2021 Posted by Y2 Yoga Blog
The official start of summer, Memorial Day, is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean the sun exposure begins then! Yes it is true, we need to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D, but we also need to be sure to protect ourselves from the sun and the possibility of skin cancer. Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D (Vitamin D plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.) is important but in order to do in the healthiest manner, we must apply sunscreen. You should never skip applying sunscreen before heading outdoors for the day. Applying (and reapplying!) SPF protects your skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays, minimizing your risk of painful sunburns, skin cancer, and premature signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles.
But what sunscreen is the right choice for you….Below are some helpful hints from Prevention Magazine.
How to choose (and use) the best sunscreen for your skin
Look for broad spectrum on the label: This ensures your SPF protects against both harmful UVA and UVB rays. (UVA rays prematurely age skin and UVB rays burn; both can cause skin cancer.) Our experts recommend choosing SPF 30 or higher.
Go for water-resistant options: Even if you won’t be jumping in for a swim, a water-resistant sunscreen will stay on longer while you’re sweating. If you are doing extensive outdoor activity, choose an SPF of 50 or higher to ensure you stay protected, recommends Henry W. Lim, M.D., immediate past president of the AAD.
When in doubt, choose lotions: They’re easy to apply generously and evenly—which is key in order for them to work effectively. If you use a stick sunscreen, it requires at least four swipes on each area of the skin to get the job done. On the other hand, many “sprays are inconsistent” Dr. Ploch says. If you opt for a spray, be sure to apply an even coat and rub in well.
Below are some top brands recommended by dermatologists. Try one of them!
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 70
Enjoy the warm rays but safely!