With July 4th right around the corner, many of us are planning to spend the day outside. And we at Meiling Skincare take sun protection seriously.
I thought it would be helpful to present some of the best sun protection tips Dermatologists and other authority groups have to keep you safe from the sun's rays.
1 - Coat Yourself First
""Working around your clothes will make you more likely to miss a spot," says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. On your body, slather on a shot glass's worth of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that's at least SPF 30. For your face, you'll need another teaspoon."
2 - Use "Broad Spectrum" Protection
Choose a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging. Only products that pass a test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Products that aren’t broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.
3 - Don't Wait Until You're Outside
Another reason why it's good to apply sunscreen before you get dressed: SPF needs a good 20 minutes to sink in before your skin is completely protected from UV rays, Graf says. If you wait, you might as well be wearing no sunblock at all for that first half-hour you're outdoors.
4 - Reapply Often
In real life, sunscreens aren't always as effective as the SPF would indicate, says Dr. Glaser, Associate Professor of Dermatology at St. Louis University School of Medicine. If you're swimming, sweating a lot, or rubbing your skin with a towel, the sunscreen is going to dissipate. Reapply this form of sun protection every 2 hours—more often if you're swimming or perspiring a lot.
5 - Double Up
Before Dermatologist Leslie Baumann goes golfing in Florida, where she lives, she layers on two blocks. First is a chemical sunscreen which absorbs the sun's rays and protects against the full spectrum of UVA damage. Then, after it's dry, she slathers on a physical block. "Some sun will always get through your sunscreen," she says. "The combination decreases the amount that makes it to the skin."
6 - Check the Expiration Date
The FDA requires that sunscreens remain effective for at least three years, so that's how long you can expect yours to work at full strength. When in doubt, toss it out.
7 - Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal
Choosing the wrong sunscreen for your needs may lead to skin damage. What's really upsetting is, according to the Environmental Working Group, nearly 75 percent of sunscreens don't work! Sonya Lunder, the lead scientist on this study states that about half of all sunscreens sold in the US would not be allowed on the market in Europe!
To find a complete list of the best sunscreens based on the study above, click the link below.
The sun's rays can do a lot of damage to your skin. Not only does it increase risk of skin cancer, but also advances signs of aging.
Meiling Skincare's products are rich in antioxidants which help defend against the damage caused by the sun's UV rays, environmental toxins, and free radicals.