Before hitting the beach find out how to REALLY protect yourself against sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkles.
1) Moisturizers with SPF will save your face. You would think that a lotion that has broad-spectrum protection would help filter out UVA rays, the ones that cause aging and cancer without burning your skin. A recent analysis of 29 top-selling moisturizers revealed that six of them - including the most expensive - had no UVA filters at all. Six were OK, and the others contained some filters, but not in doses or combinations that work adequately. Until the FDA requires UVA ratings, look for these active ingredients: zinc oxide(more than 5%) or a combination of avobenzone(more than 2%) and octocrylene(more than 3.6%). A product with ecamsule is great too.
2) It's worth buying the highest possible SPF. No sunscreen blocks 100% of sunburn-causing UVB rays; SPF cuts out 97%, while SPF 50 blocks 98%. Most women don't need more than 30, but if you are highly sensitive or need to apply lotion skimpily, you might go higher.
3) Sunscreen may increase your risk of melanoma. A worry has been that by making it more comfortable to stay out in the sun, using sunscreen could up your chances of this most serious form of skin cancer. Studies in Australia tip the scales in favor of sunscreen. For 5 years, 1,621 residents took part in a trial where 812 participants wore broad-spectrum SPF 16 sunscreen daily and 809 others continued their usual habits - which meant 75% used sunscreen once or twice a week or not at all. Ten years after the study ended those that applied sunscreen daily had developed only half as many melanomas and the growths were thinner and less likely to be inay or so.vasive.
4) If you spent a lot of time in the sun as a child, the damage is already done. In the Australian study, people 25 to 75 years old started using daily sunscreen and it still had a big impact. It's never too late to start protecting yourself.
5) Many women are allergic to sunscreen. If your skin tingles immediately after applying sunscreen, that's a sign of irritation; allergies show up in a day or two. If this happens, try a differnt sunscreen with different ingredients.
ENJOY THE SUMMER AND THE SUN! DON'T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN, IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE:-)