Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Protect Your Skin Against Cancer

Here's a healthy day at the beach to protect your skin:

9:00 AM - Apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen 30 minutes before you step outside.

9:30 AM - When you go outside, wear loose-fitting, long sleeve, tightly woven fabrics to shield skin.

10:00 AM - The sun's getting strong, so slip on a wide-brimmed hat.

11:00 AM - Reapply!

12:00 PM - The sun's at its peak now-find some shade.

1:00 PM - Reapply!

3:00 PM - Reapply! (Get the message? You need to reapply SPF at least every 2 hours.)

5:00 PM - Slather on a lotion with antioxidants to help skin recover from any rays that penetrated your sunscreen.

To protect against UVA and UVB rays, you need a high SPF plus UVA-blocking ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or Mexoryl. Looking for the words broad spectrum isn't enough since companies don't have to prove that claim.
These are 4 choices that have the right ingredients:

  1. Coppertone Continous Spary SPF 50 Sunscreen.
  2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 15, has Mexoryl to block UVA; great for everyday day outs.
  3. Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Gel SPF 30, is light, not greasy.
  4. Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, won't irritate sensitive skin.
The prices are affordable. :)