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Sun-Safe Summer Skincare

July 16, 2010

By Joseph Snyder

July has been dubbed “UV Safety Month,” but don’t think that means you have to stay inside or slather on SPF 900 every ten minutes. Believe it or not, you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to getting a golden glow without the risks.

We all know by now that we need SPF, and with many makeup and face creams including at least SPF 15 protection, that’s already a step in the right direction for many of us.  I actually took a look around on my last shopping trip and realized that it was almost harder to find foundation or tinted moisturizer without some kind of sun protection.

Now, if you’re not one to wear makeup to the beach or, say, for an outdoor jog you really must get familiar with a good facial sun block in addition to one for the body. Alba Botanica’s sun care line is a great choice for both, offering non-chemical protection up to SPF 45, and is loved by shoppers who choose natural products either for green reasons or because of skin sensitivity issues.

So what about the newer SPF 90+ lotions out there? While those with very fair, sun-sensitive skin may want or need to go high with SPF, Dr. Edward Lack (Chicago rhinoplasty, dermatology) warns that this can become more of a marketing gimmick to make you feel like you need a higher and higher number whenever its available. Reapplying to keep that protection barrier on your skin strong is key, and will do a much better job than applying an extremely high SPF once and allowing it to wear off.

“Ideally you put on sunscreen an hour before going outside, then reapply it just before exposure. If you will maintain direct exposure, as on the golf course or on a boat, put the sunscreen on again every 2 hours,” Dr. Lack advises.

Now that you are refreshed on staying adequately protected, we mustn’t forget the sunless tanner. If you’re a recovering sunbathing addict and haven’t tried one yet, now is the time; and sticking to some favorites will ensure a seamless transition to a faux glow with no looking back. Lavera’s sunless lotion is THE organic choice, while the entire Clarins line is highly recommended—a favorite being the Self Tanning Instant Gel for a fast dash of color with no mess as you walk out the door in the morning. What’s not to love?

Joseph Snyder is an outreach writer at MetropolitanMD, a Chicago liposuction, facial rejuvenation, and cosmetic surgery center.

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