If you haven’t noticed…I’m here to let you know Summer has arrived and it is not playing! At all. While I know we are all excited to wear sundresses, bathing suits, booty shorts and whatever else, I must remind ya’ll to be safe! This means protecting your skin during these hot, sunny, summer days. Rest assured we can keep it cute and safe! Here’s how!
The easiest way to make sure you’re protecting your skin is to invest in some skincare products that contain SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. You’ll notice many lotions, skin creams, bb creams, and foundations contain SPF. Which is great. But you need to be informed about what the numbers mean and what you need for your skin. Basically the numbers are based on a theoretical time frame of how long you would be able to be in the sun without causing damage to your skin. So a product containing SPF 20 would mean you’d be able to stay in the sun 20 times longer than you could have without protection. This is the most basic explanation of the number.
There are many factors that influence the effect of the sunscreen that you are using such as: family history, medical state, activities, etc, but for most people SPF 15 is sufficient. To get the most effective use of your sunscreen make sure to apply correctly and reapply frequently. Also, try to find products that protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
I’m currently using L’Oreal Sublime Sun Sheer Protectant Oil Spray SPF 30 for my body and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin SPF 35 for my face. DON’T FORGET THE BABIES! I use Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for all my kids.
For more information on SPF and protecting your skin check out skincancer.org.
Peace, Love, & Blessings
Founder & Editor of This Brown Queen