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This Is Your Dollup Reminder: Slather On SPF.

 

If you haven’t heard how important it is to slather yourself in sunscreen on the daily, you might be living under a rock.

We have been preached to about the benefits of SPF & how hard the sun’s rays can be on our bodies for years. Yet, some of us still struggle to get into the daily habit of screening up. Heck, remember when it was super cool to coat yourself in baby oil and get as tan as possible?! We do. While tan fat looks better than ghost-white fat, it’s important to know why you should be using sunscreen, how much to use, & when to protect yourself.

So let’s have ourselves a little refresher chat, shall we?

Who needs to wear sunscreen?You. & you. & you. & also everyone you know. “Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.” (Source) Cancer sucks. Screen up.

Why do I need to wear sunscreen?Not only are you protecting yourself in an effort to prevent skin cancer, sunscreen also offers a boost to simple vanity. That’s right. Sunscreen is provento reduce skin aging.

CNNreported on a new study, finding that regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting & loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. “We now have the scientific evidence to back the long-held assumption about the cosmetic value of sunscreen,” says Dr. Adele Green, the study’s lead author. “Regular sunscreen use by young & mid-aged adults under 55 brings cosmetic benefits & also decreases the risk of skin cancer.” (Source)

So, how much sunscreen to I need to use?Great question! Here’s the deal: you should be applying sunscreen to every part of your body that will be exposed to the sun. (Ever had a sunburn on the top of your feet? Yeah. You won’t forget to apply there ever again, will ya?!) And most people don’t put on enough sunscreen, even when they do take the time to apply.

So here’s the scoop... we all know what a shot glass looks like, right? That’s how much you should use. And put it onbeforeyou go outside. And reapply every two hours. It’s worth it. So do it. (Source)

When do I need to be wearing sunscreen?Every. Single. Day. Even in the snow. Even in the rain. Even on cloudy days. No matter what. The warmer temps have us craving a little color on our skin, but do it the safe way. (Read our post on sunless tanning HERE!) Don’t skip the SPF!

Dermatologists recommend that sunscreen application is a daily ritual. Get into the habit, people! It’s a good thing to do! So with a million different brands and formulas out there, all boasting to be the best on the market, how do you know which sunscreen is best for you? Check out this articlevia Women’s Health Magazine, they know what’s up.

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