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Simple Sunscreen Knowledge

As the dog days of summer approach, do NOT forget to continue applying sunscreen.

Written By • Kerry O’Leary • Beauty Counter •

No. 1 • Protect against skin cancer and skin aging.

Many of you may know this already because the sun puts out Ultraviolent rays

and sunscreen can block them. These UV rays can lead to skin cancer, skin

discoloration, and wrinkles over time - even on cloudy days! Don’t you wish you knew everything you know now at an earlier age? I wish was more knowledgeable on the skin damage that UV rays project, just like I wish I

had used natural anti-aging products before I started seeing the wrinkles.

Statistic: By age 70, 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer.

No. 2 • Know what the active ingredients are in your sunscreen.

Certain sunscreens have the ingredient benzene. It is not intentionally added but it can appear due to contamination of the raw material petroleum-based ingredients. Look for sunscreen that is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide. Not only is it safer for you, but it is safer for the reefs. The ingredients Octinoxate and Oxybenzone, harm coral reefs. Sunscreens with these ingredients are outlawed in Hawaii, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

No. 3 • Know what the active ingredients are in your sunscreen.

The convenience of a spray is nice and fast. A spray that comes out a little white ensures you cover every inch. Others prefer a lotion for the additional moisturizing effect. My kids like a stick for their nose as long as it turns clear. Does your face deserve a special one? YES! Look for manufacturers that specifically make a sunscreen for the face to prevent breakouts. I’m all about efficiency because I’m a working mom of two boys. How do I remember to add sunscreen every day? I do not have to when I use tinted sunscreen that doubles as a light coverage foundation.

How do you use sunscreen for its maximum protection?

• Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure

• Wait until it dries (approximately 5 minutes)

• Reapply every 2 hours (set a timer if you are having a blast outside.) If you are taking a dip in the pool or working up a sweat, reapply every 45 minutes.

Just because your kids are going back to school, football season is starting and the leaves are turning, your skin still needs sunscreen. Yes, apply year-round!

Be an advocate for safer skincare and the environment!

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