Guest Author - Deborah Crawford
We now know that sun damage is cumulative, so the time you spend outdoors on your daily walk, added to the time going to and from the car or gardening or playing volleyball or sitting on the porch all add up. Even if you never notice a “tan”, and even if you never burn, you are causing skin damage when you are in the sun, so be sure to use sun protection while walking
It is also easier than ever now to protect your skin daily. I have sensitive, highly-allergic skin and I can now find sunscreens almost anywhere that I can use. That was not the case just a few years ago so I am happy to say that you can find hypoallergenic and fragrance-free sunscreens in most drug, grocery and discount stores these days.
Here are some recommendations for protecting yourself from sun damage:
Moisturizers with SPF Many companies are adding SPF to their moisturizing products now, and these multi-tasking products are fabulous. When you wash your face in the morning, put on one of these and you’re set for normal activities for the day. If you are going out and sweating, add another layer of this product, or add a plain sunscreen.
Lip balms with SPF Another favorite of mine. I use lip balm year round and am happy that I can find fragrance-free lip balm with SPF now.
Fabrics and laundry-treatments with SPF Some manufacturers make clothing with SPF and there are also additives for the laundry which help block harmful rays. If you are at high-risk for skin cancer, these should be part of your arsenal.
Spray-on sunscreen One of my favorite new products is spray-on sunscreen. It is cool and very easy to apply. I now spray my exposed arms, hand and chest before walking.
Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses I do not wear hats. I would if I were outside for longer periods. (Okay, at least a visor to protect my face.) I do wear sunglasses, year-round.
Stronger and better sunscreens Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of at least 30.
About Vitamin D There is evidence that some people are suffering from vitamin D deficiencies due to not getting enough sun exposure and/or inadequate dietary intake of Vitamin D foods and supplements. So, if you live in an area with limited sunshine, talk to your doctor about getting enough vitamin D.
This spray on mist is my favorite for summer protection:
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock with Patented HelioplexTM Technology , SPF 45, 5 Oz
My fragrance-free lip balm with SPF (I have about six of these!) Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer with SPF 15 - 0.15 oz