Depending on where you are in Canada, you may be experiencing record highs or in the case of those of us in Vancouver, record lows and rainfall! Either way sun protection is a “hot” topic this time of year and a great time to gather information and tips on how to keep your family sun safe this summer!
Choose an SPF that blocks both UVA and UVB rays
Many sunscreens only protect against UVB, so check closely. Full spectrum will protect against burning and aging. Why is this important?
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling so we think of these UVA rays as “Aging” rays. These rays also make up over 95% of the rays from the sun that reach the earths surface. They are present all year round regardless of weather
UVB rays are rays that can burn the superficial layers of your skin causing painful and red sunburns so think of these rays as “Burning” rays. They make up only 1-2% of the UV rays from the sun. These rays are most present between 10am-4pm
Choose a 30 SPF and reapply it regularly for optimal coverage
Many people believe that a 60 SPF works more effectively than a 30. Does it?
SPF (sun protection factor) refers to the ability to screen or block out the suns UVB rays.
In short… no! A sunscreen with 15 blocks out 92% of the UVB rays and a 30 SPF blocks out 97% of UVB rays – this allows a person that would normally burn after 20 minutes to be in the sun 30 times longer (600 minutes with a 30 SPF). So a 60 SPF would protect this same person for 20 hours. We should all be reapplying regularly due to sweat, water exposure or it rubbing off, so having a 20 hour protection is likely not very helpful.
The most current medical recommendation, according to WebMD is to apply an SPF 30 liberally and apply every several hours for the best coverage and protection.
Be aware that no sunscreen is waterproof because all eventually wash off. And If it’s labelled water resistant it will be required to state whether it’s effective for 40 or 80 minutes when swimming and there will be directions on when to reapply.
Stick with a mineral based sunscreen
Mineral sunscreens start working as soon as you apply them. Mineral sunscreens create a physical barrier on the skin. How many of us busy moms can (or want to) plan ahead 30 minutes to apply sunscreen to our kids before we head out? And do we want them running around the house covered in sunscreen for 30 minutes? Not me… and I’m going to guess I’m not alone in this!
- Mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause a stinging irritation on the skin which is great for anyone with sensitive skin.
- They offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
- They are less likely to be pore clogging.
- They generally have a longer shelf life.
A non greasy and easy-to-spread formula is a must! In our home our go-to sunscreen is Arbonne– for my daughter it is this one and for my hubby and I, this one. For face I love using a day cream that has an SPF built in so I never have to worry about it! This is my go-to (side benefit is it’s anti aging as well!)
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