Whether we’re hitting the beach or heading out on a long run, most of us know we should pack sunscreen with a serious SPF rating, applying (and reapplying!) liberally. But, sadly, sun damage can occur with far less exposure on a daily basis, even if you’re outside for only 20 minutes — or simply driving on a sunny day.
Daily sun care protection is essential to prevent UV-related photo-damage (otherwise known as signs of ageing) and skin cancer. Neutrogena’s researchers have found there are two key areas to consider when talking about sun protection.
First, lifestyle factors such as covering up with clothing or a hat, seeking shade, and avoiding the sun when it’s very strong (usually between 10 am and 4 pm) may seem like no-brainers — but they’re totally foolproof and easy to do. It’s worth getting into the habit of avoiding the sun’s skin-damaging rays simply by dressing appropriately.
Second, of course, are sun care products with an SPF — or sun protection factor — of at least 30 and preferably higher.
SPF refers to the amount of time that one can spend in the sun without getting burned. So SPF 30 allows you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without getting burned than you would without sunscreen. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis and reapplying every two hours, experts say, regardless of whether it’s sunny outside.
If you’re a woman and the thought of rubbing sunscreen over your makeup every two hours is less than appealing, a high-SPF like Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Fluid can do the trick.
It’s very important that your sunscreen product is rated at least SPF 30 or higher and that it is broad-spectrum. That means it protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, which is the minimum needed for the product to be able to claim that it helps protect against skin cancer and reduce the appearance of skin ageing.
In general, the higher the SPF number the better because the majority of consumers don’t apply as much product as is needed to get the protection factor specified on the package.
As a final protective measure, try adding a moisturiser with antioxidants in the evening, which can help your skin recover from sun damage.
When your skin is exposed to UV rays or pollution, it generates the formation of free radicals which can cause cell damage and lead to aging skin. The moisturiser with added antioxidants can inhibit the formation process of free radicals before they’re able to harm your skin. Because of that, the antioxidants give your SPF an assist, doing diligence can aid in the prevention of premature skin ageing.