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Sun-Savvy Secrets: Shielding Your Skin with Sunscreen

Sun-Savvy Secrets: Shielding Your Skin with Sunscreen

Learn These Sun-Savvy Secrets

Now that the days are getting longer — and warmer — most of us will find reasons to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. We love this time of year, before the peak heat of summer arrives, but warm enough for shorts and a tee-shirt.

Sunscreen is essential for all skin types!

Sunscreen is essential for all skin types primarily because it helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV rays can cause various types of damage to the skin, including sunburn, premature aging (such as wrinkles and age spots), and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Regardless of skin type, everyone is susceptible to these damaging effects, so wearing sunscreen is recommended for everyone.

The active ingredients in sunscreen can vary, but they generally fall into two main categories based on their mechanism of action:

  • Chemical Filters: These ingredients absorb UV radiation and convert it into a small amount of heat, which is then released from the skin. Common chemical filters include avobenzone, octinoxate, oxybenzone, and octisalate. While these chemicals are effective against UV rays, there is some concern about their long term effects on the body.
  • Physical (Mineral) Filters: These ingredients act as a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting and scattering UV radiation away from the skin's surface. The most common physical filters are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

To prepare for spending time outdoors in the summer, here are some important steps:

  • Apply Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher. Apply it generously to all exposed skin areas, including face, neck, arms, and legs. Remember to reapply every 2 hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  • Seek Shade: Try to stay in the shade, especially during peak sun hours (usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Cover up with clothing, hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin and eyes from direct sunlight.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when spending time outdoors in the heat.
  • Avoid Tanning Beds: UV radiation from tanning beds can also cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. It's best to avoid them altogether.

Now, how does sunscreen work?

Physical (mineral) sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These minerals sit on the surface of the skin and act as a physical barrier, reflecting and scattering UV radiation away from the skin.

All types of sunscreen work to reduce the amount of UV radiation that penetrates the skin, thereby reducing the risk of sunburn, skin aging, and skin cancer. Applying sunscreen properly and consistently is key to getting the full protective benefits.

We really like DermaSoleil Mineral Broad Spectrum SunScreen SPF30+. It was developed by DermaMed, a natural skin and body care company in B.C. It contains no artificial fragrances, colourants, parabens, or PABA. Better yet, it's also free from harsh chemicals directly linked to coral bleaching, so you don't have to worry about going snorkeling in coral reefs when wearing it.

Its micronized minerals are also larger than nanoparticles, which is safer for marine life. All this is also true for DermaSoleil Tinted Mineral Facial Sunscreen. Neither product contains animal ingredients and they are not tested on animals.

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