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Sunscreen is the Most Superior Protection

by Jana K. Hoffman
June 30, 2019

From sun up to sun down, UV rays are impossibly difficult to escape. It’s basically skin’s arch nemesis, which is quite unfortunate because the warmth feels so lovely. You know what’s not so lovely though? The after effects of sun damage. We’re talking age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Even worse — skin cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher is the most superior form of protection that you can offer your skin. Level up your sun protection game by making sure to wear sunscreen even when you find yourself in these common situations where it doesn’t seem like you’d need it.

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Commuting to and from Work

Planes, trains, automobiles. It doesn’t matter which mode of transportation you use. Your skin is still at risk of attracting pesky UVA rays through the windows. You may think you’re safe, but that’s where you’re wrong. Wearing sunscreen is far better protection than sitting behind a glass window.



Grabbing Lunch

You’re just walking outside for 10 minutes so you don’t need sunscreen, right? Wrong! Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the nearby café or a casual ladies-who-lunch afternoon on the patio, you still need to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors.



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Sitting in the Shade

A comfortable shady spot is obviously a nice retreat on a sunny day. But shade doesn’t equal sunscreen. You should whip out the SPF 100 because it protects 10 times more than shade alone. The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in most places. During this time, you’ll want to post up under a tree or umbrella not only to avoid the damaging sun exposure but also to cool off. Here’s a good way to remember this: If your shadow is shorter than you are, it’s time to seek out shade.



Wearing Sun-Protective Clothing

But wait. Before you cover up, be sure to layer up by slathering on broad spectrum SPF 30 first. We know sun-protective clothing is a tough buy-in, especially during the summer. But, cover up as a secondary precaution. We strongly encourage you to get yourself some lightweight long-sleeved tops and bottoms in breathable, sweat-wicking fabrics. This pro derm tip is especially important if you’re into outdoor activities like biking, hiking and running. Make it fashion with accessories like sunglasses and a floppy sunhat.



  1. https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin/skin-cancer/how-to-prevent-skin-cancer

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