Before and After Sun Skin Care
Don’t be a lobster this summer because you forgot to apply sunscreen properly. The most effective method is to apply your sunscreen lotion at least 20 minutes before you step outside and become instantly exposed to the sun’s rays. To avoid missing areas close to your clothing line, apply in the nude and allow time to soak in for maximum absorption. Experts suggest a shot-glass size for the body and a tablespoon-sized amount for your face. Reapply as needed and always after swimming or vigorous activity that causes you to perspire. Not all sunscreens are created equal so find one that is water-resistant and blocks free radicals, UVA and UVB rays.
Your after sun cream regime is equaling important because you may have missed applying sunscreen to some areas on your body or forgot to reapply. Don’t worry. Take a cool shower and lightly pat the sun-exposed skin to a surface dry. Then apply a natural vitamin-enriched cream to replenish moisture and cool down the “burn”. Livad’s Soft and Soothing After Sun Cream, will diminish redness, and prevent peeling with soothing vitamins and antioxidants. It soaks in fast for quick ahh-inducing relief.
Pop a Daily Anti-Oxidant
For those that want vegan, gluten-free protection from the sun in pill form, a once-a-day dietary supplement named Heliocare made with Fernblock® Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE) can offer added protection. The natural extract comes from the Polypodium leucotomos fern found in Central and South America and is known to aid in the skin’s resilience to aging. But they only provide added sun protection to an SPF 5, not compliant with the American Cancer Society’s recommended SPF 30 suggestion.
Taking these simple precautions, using quality skin care products and dietary supplements will make fun in the sun this summer a safe one, with minimal concerns about skin cancer down the road.