SPF is your BFF

With Memorial Day this weekend, there’s no denying it—summer is here! This means we need to be more careful than ever with sunscreen. You should be wearing some every day even if it’s just in your daily face cream or makeup, but that’s a whole separate deal. When it comes to enjoying the beautiful sunshine whether it’s gardening, cheering on your children at their sporting events, or actually laying out sunbathing, you need to be on top of your UV protection regimen.

First things first, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you even step foot outside. This allows the powerful protecting agents to soak into your skin and get activated before the sun hits them. That way as soon as the sun sees your skin you’re already protected.

As far as different types, you can use the same bottle on your body and face, however, I prefer to use separate types because I typically put SPF 30 on my body and a much stronger concoction on my face. The problem with using the strong face protection on my entire body is that it has zinc in it which makes rubbing it in take 10 times as long. And as important as sunscreen is, it doesn’t need to be a three-hour process or no one would ever wear it. So, what are some good ones? Well, depending on age, what type you wear will vary. For babies and small children you want higher SPFs and a type that is made for babies is best because they usually make it so that it doesn’t hurt when it gets rubbed in their eyes. For teens and adults, I suggest an oil free version, that way you don’t have to worry about clogging your pores or causing breakouts. My favorite is Coppertone Oil Free Waterproof Sunblock Lotion in SPF 30 and you can find it at your local grocery store or drug store. When it comes to my face, my entire family has been hooked on Shiseido. It is amazing and so waterproof that you literally have to scrub your face to get it off at the end of the day. The one I typically get is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 55 PA+++. I know my brother and most kids prefer the stick form and you can get that in skin color or clear, it is just easier to apply and a bit thicker; it’s called Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF 35, in beige or translucent. You can find Shiseido at Macy’s and other department stores.

Use whatever kind of sunscreen you like and know you’ll actually put on. In the end, any SPF is better than no SPF, but if you can, do yourself a favor and use some that really packs the protection power because you may like looking bronzed, but when you’re all leathery and wrinkly later on in life, you’ll regret it.

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