Every summer I have one day when I completely breakdown from seeing how little people regard the dangers of sun exposure. Last night while out to dinner with my husband, I spotted a family of five in the back of the restaurant dressed in typical summer clothing: shorts, sleeveless shirts and sandals. The very attractive mother had a low cut spaghetti strapped dress on and her sunburn extended down halfway of her breast. “Saggy breasts in ten years,” I thought discouragingly. Then I got a good look at the children who appeared to be aged ten and under. They were blistery red. I got so angry I got tears in my eyes. That being said,
I’m now going to tell you the
NEVER BEFORE REVEALED
TRUTH about sun protection. Forget the articles you’ve read in fashion magazines, beauty blogs, and the newspaper.
In fact, ignore what your dermatologist told you!
Lie Number 1: Apply Sunscreen When You Are Going To Be Outside.
Don’t worry about that, Sunscreen doesn’t work. It may be labeled SPF 100 and you may reapply it frequently. You may never leave the house without it and limit your total exposure to early morning. Nevertheless, you WILL get sun. That’s not my opinion. That’s my empirical experience from years of wearing it and paying attention to clients’ skin who I know are using it faithfully. Your sunscreen is a liar. SPF numbers mean nothing. Same goes with sweat proof and waterproof sunscreens. There is no such thing. The only thing that is waterproof is a plastic bag.
Lie Number 2: Wearing a Hat Protects Your Face.
Again, a lie. Sun is reflected off the beach, the pool, the concrete, just about anything and is thrown back on your face and neck. If you don’t have on sunscreen, which doesn’t work anyway, you will get sun on the most vulnerable part of your face, the chin and neck. Hats are great, don’t get me wrong. Just don’t fool yourself into thinking they do much of anything. The only perfect hat is a brown paper bag.
Lie Number 3: The Best Sunscreen is Broad Spectrum.
Most people don’t even have a clue what that means. Theoretically such a sunscreen offers protection from burning rays (UVB) and aging rays (UVA). Ok, buy it. Just don’t assume by wearing it you are immune from sun exposure. You’re not.
Lie Number 4: Apply Sunscreen Twenty Minutes Before You Go Outside.
Your should have two sunscreens. One physical protection (zinc oxide, titanium oxide) and the other chemical (all those long words you can’t pronounce). With the physical sunscreen you can throw it on and immediately go outside. It’s the chemical sunscreen that needs time to be effective. Again, why bother?
Lie Number 5: A Little Sunshine Helps you Absorb Vitamin D Through Your Eyes.
Deliberately getting a little sun through the eyes is like swimming in shark infested water to get over your fear of sharks. Take supplements. Wear sunglasses. Sun reflected into the eyes causes cataracts and melanoma of the eyeball.
Lie Number 6: Apply Sunscreen Where Clothes Don’t Cover You.
Unless you’re wearing clothing from UV Skinz, Solari, Solumbra,Coolibar or another sun protective clothing company, you should put sunscreen all over your body before dressing. I mean, of course, if it worked. Oh, and the correct amount is one ounce for your entire body. That means you would go through an 8 oz bottle of sunscreen once a week. Right. I personally know of people who pour from the same bottle for year after year.
Alright, Alright, so I’m speaking somewhat tongue in cheek! But I’m desperate to convince you that when outside you are besieged by a enemy that wants you dead from cancer or at the very least wrinkled and sagging before your time. So for goodness sakes, apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum. Sunscreen pathetically over promises, still, apply it liberally and wear a hat and sunglasses. Spurn fashion and throw a shawl over your shoulders. Go the distance for your health and beauty.