Summer Sun Tip
A couple of years ago, I went to a trade show up in Denver, CO where there were different skincare vendors and a lot of different classes available for me to take. In the first class that I went to, the most important thing that the instructor mentioned about maintaining skin health is sunscreen use.
One thing that I try to tell everyone that I come across is this: the sun is one of the biggest factors in determining how old you look (next to genetics). The more time that you spend in the sun, the more photo damage you'll have, and that photo damage is what starts the domino effect of aging whose visible effects begin with fine lines and sun spots.
This is why it's important to properly apply sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR, especially here in Colorado. To help you make sure that you are protecting your skin well, I'm going to provide you with some quick tips:
1) If you are going to be spending time in the sun (25 minutes or more):
A) Apply your sunscreen 15 minutes BEFORE you are planning to be outside (it actually works best when you remember this step!)
B) REAPPLY your sunscreen right before you go outside
C) Continue to reapply every 20-40 Minutes
Personally, I have had trouble remembering to reapply the sunscreen in the past. Luckily, I carry my super delicious smelling Tropical Vanilla sunscreens (by Éminence Organics) with an SPF of 32, everywhere that I go. To help myself remember to REAPPLY, I set a timer on my phone.
If you don't want to deal with the burn and peeling, want to slow the photo damage associated with being in the sun, or you just don't want to be as wrinkly as an elephant's knee when you're older, following proper sunscreen application is a very simple and important first step toward that goal. To keep looking and feeling your best, apply the sunscreen to your face, neck, décolleté (upper chest area), and hands. For the best prevention for skin cancer, you'll be best off applying sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin.
I'm telling you, it's worth it. If I can do it, you can too! Happy sun time!