Summer is almost upon the U.S., which means it’s time to amp up the sun skin care. Even if the snow hasn’t melted where you live, the sun’s rays are getting stronger by the day. Don’t leave your skin exposed until it heats up; start using your sun care products now to keep skin healthy and beautiful all summer long.
When it comes to sun care, it’s not all about sunscreen. The truth is, your skin needs a little extra of, well, everything to stand up to UV rays. Here’s a look at the three areas you should focus on for healthy summer skin.
First, foremost, and obviously, you need a great SPF. SPF stands for sun protection factor, and it is simply the measurement beauty companies use to tell you how much of the sun’s UVB (burn-causing) rays are blocked by the product. Unfortunately, it’s not a very user-friendly number, so here’s a breakdown of the three most popular SPF levels:
- SPF 15 blocks roughly 94% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 blocks roughly 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 45 blocks roughly 98% of UVB rays
As you can see, there isn’t much difference in the percentage of UVB rays caused by each level of SPF. Most dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 to a person with average sun sensitivity, though fairer complexions may wish to go for the SPF 45. SPF 15 is great for use on days where one will only experience minor sun exposure, like the walk from the car to the office, or running errands.
Of course, a product’s SPF efficacy is based on the person’s natural tendency to get burned, as well as other factors like activity, swimming, and if a person is in direct sunlight, partial shade, or alternating between both. Keep this in mind when choosing your SPF product.
One last note: SPF ratings only tell you how well you’ll be protected from UVB rays, which are the sun rays which cause burning. It does not tell you if the product will protect against UVA rays, which are responsible for visible signs of aging and damage, and are equally as, if not more, dangerous than UVB rays.
Both types of rays contribute to higher risk of skin cancer. Therefore, you should always choose a sun skin care product that is formulated to be a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB damage.
After SPF comes antioxidants. Skin care antioxidants are essential to overall skin health, and will go a long way in preventing and healing sun damage. Antioxidants will work in conjunction with your broad-spectrum sunscreen in order to prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. For more information, visit our post on Why Skin Care Antioxidants Matter.
Lastly, healthy summer skin needs a good dose of moisture! All that heat and sun exposure will leave your skin feeling (and looking) drier than the sahara if you don’t replenish lost hydration. To get a youthful, dewy glow, you’ll need to drink lots of water (LOTS!) and use a great topical skin care moisturizer morning and evening.
Our favorite sun skin care product is Atopalm BB Cream. It has broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection to shield against UVA and UVB rays. Then, Atopalm’s patented hydrating MLE technology replenishes lost moisture and prevents against excess moisture loss. On top of that, multiple fabulous antioxidants repair cell damage to prevent visible signs of aging. Lastly, a light, natural-looking tint helps to conceal skin flaws, thereby taking the place of a heavy foundation.
BB cream can take the place of your sunblock, moisturizer, antioxidant serum, and foundation on mornings when time is short, or it can be used in conjunction with your regular skin care products to enhance and fortify them!
Now that you know the must-haves for gorgeous summer skin, go forth and face the sun with health and beauty!