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Your 2020 Guide to Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

June 11, 2020

Your 2020 Guide to Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

We all know how damaging UV rays from the sun are to our skin. Not only do they contribute to causing skin cancer, but they expedite the signs of ageing. Sun exposure leads to sunburns, sunspots, premature wrinkles, and more. 

In this 2020 Guide to Sun Protection, learn about the latest and most effective ways to keep your skin safe from the sun.

Use the Right Sunscreen

The days of lathering Hawaiian Tropic on every part of your body are gone. Today, we have different types of sunscreens with different benefits. The crowd-pleasers for 2020 are mineral sunscreens. These sunscreens use a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They protect you from all rays on the UV spectrum whereas chemical sunscreens only protect you from UVBs. 

Reapply Often

If you think having SPF in your foundation is enough to protect you all day long, you’re wrong. Sunscreen, especially mineral sunscreens, need to be reapplied every 80-120 minutes or so. It’s also a common misconception that you only need to apply sunscreen if you’re going to the beach. Apply it before driving, sitting near a window, walking to Starbucks, and when walking the dog. 

Remember to apply sunscreen to your hair’s part, your ears, the back of your neck, and the back of your hands. 

Beware of Ingredients That Increase Your Risks

Some of the best skincare ingredients are notorious for increasing your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. They include alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, and tretinoins. That doesn’t mean you need to cut out these ingredients, but you should be sure to follow up with sunscreen after application. And, consider skipping these skincare products on beach days.

Check the Expiry Dates

Did you know that sunscreen expires? Once it’s past its expiry date, you can no longer trust the SPF level. To know when a sunscreen expires, look for the tin can icon with 2 numbers inside. If it says 12, it expires 12 months after opening. Some products won’t list an expiry date, in which case, it’s your job to write the date you opened it on the packaging and to discontinue use after three years. 

The trick to maintaining youthful, luscious skin for years to come is effective sun protection. Use the tips listed in this guide and check out these skincare products to improve the appearance and quality of your skin. 

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