Summer has arrived in Southern California and that means longer hours in the day and spending more time outside. Any outdoor activity, exercising, heading to the beach, or even driving in your car it's important to be sun safe. The suns rays are strong and it's important to protect yourself against those UVB (burning rays) and UVA (aging rays). So how do we protect ourselves?
Sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers but only if used correctly. It's important to select a sunscreen the says "broad spectrum" on the label. This means it will protect you against UVB and UVA rays. Also, select a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Sunscreen will last about 80 minutes on the skin so it's important to reapply if your going to be out all day. Look for a sunscreen that contains; ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, solisobenzone, or zinc oxide. If you are going to be exercising look for water and sweat resistant. And if you have allergies or sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea go for titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The suns rays are the strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm even on a rainy or cloudy day. Wearing a hat and sunglasses will add extra protection.
So get out there and enjoy all of the wonderful things Southern California has to offer! Just be smart and protect yourself.
Written by your Big Mike's member and Esthetictian