We know from research that daily use of sunscreen on the face, neck, and chest area is the number one way to prevent premature aging. If that is not enough to motivate you maybe the rates of skin cancer will. Melanoma is no joking matter.
I get it, finding that perfect face and body sunscreen is not an easy task and can get rather pricey if you are always on the hunt like myself. But a rather inexpensive $10.00 bottle of possible life saving lotion is more than worth it.
What you do to your skin today will impact your skin and appearance in 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50 years from now. I see it as two options embrace the white or use a good self tanner ( there are good ones) but cover up and limited time to direct, prolong sun exposure.
Now, I am going to admit it wasn’t until I started putting sunscreen on my babies, about 18 years ago, that I decided to start using some myself and gradually I used it more often and more of it, on more of my body. Now, I am a faithful user.
The hypochondriac tendencies in me have some useful qualities at times. I use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25 everyday either in a moisturizer that contains sunscreen or a foundation that contains sunscreen.
I use a moisturizer with sunscreen on my face, neck and chest and else where. Here are some parts you may not think about: don’t forget your bare arms, your feet, behind your neck and the small back area that is often exposed in t-shirts, tanks and any top that doesn’t come up to your chin. Those areas get a lot of sun exposure during the run of regular day that we often don’t think about. Your not just getting sun at the beach.
Now let’s take it a step further. I love the beach and the sun, so don’t think all this covering up I am going to be talking about is easy for me because it is not. I have started wearing hats not just to the beach but every time I am going be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time. Also I started using an umbrella so I am not in direct sunlight for prolong periods of time. Shade is becoming my friend. And yes, at the beach I limited my time in the sun. If I am going to be in the water for more than 10 minutes I wear a t-shirt. I wear a cover up on the beach. This has nothing to do with my not liking myself in a bathing suit. Now, I do allow myself some sun. I just try to be very mindful of it.
I am not a medical professional ( at all!!) however, since you are not getting as much vitamin D with all that sunscreen on, taking a vitamin D supplement is something you may want to discuss with your doctor or naturopath. Many people are vitamin D deficient and being so can have an impact on your overall health and well being and may increase your risk for some types of cancer.
Now that you have been lectured for the day.. get outside!
Please let me know if you would like to me to review some of the products I have used that contain an SPF and how I rate sunscreens that I have tried.