Your skin is one of your most valuable aspects of your appearance. You’ve probably been told that you should protect it from the sun to keep it looking younger and more radiant. Yet many people simply aren’t doing what they should to keep sun damage at bay. Are you committing one of these sun protection crimes?
Mistake #1: Relying on makeup alone for sun protection.
Some makeups have sunscreen built in, which is a plus. But in order to get the full effect, you need to apply it generously — possibly heavier than you’d like. To avoid this, apply sunscreen as the last step of your skin care routine, followed by your makeup on top. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to exposed areas like your arms, hands, decolletage, and neck too. To reapply throughout the day, consider a sunscreen powder like Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen, which slips easily into your pocket or purse and won’t ruin your makeup or make you shiny.
Mistake #2: Skipping sunscreen because you hate how it looks or feels.
There are literally hundreds of different sunscreens available today for all skin types and preferences. You can find one that has a non-greasy, elegant feel and won’t leave a white cast on your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology emphasizes finding a sunscreen you love, that way you’ll feel good about applying it every day.
Mistake #3: Only wearing sunscreen when you’re “going to be outside.”
Wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy, raining, or you’ll be on the office all day. Even just incidental sun exposure adds up to damage over time, so make it a permanent staple in your skincare routine.
Mistake #4: Using a high SPF and expecting it to last all day.
That SPF 50 might be giving you a false sense of security. No matter what the number says on the bottle, sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours - and more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. If you’re going to be in the water, check the sunscreen label for water resistance. It will usually say 40 or 80 minutes; that’s how often you need to reapply. Make sure you dry skin off first.
Mistake #5: Overlooking some of the easiest sun protection options.
Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, wear sun protective clothing, and seek shade. These are some of the most effective ways to keep the sun’s damaging rays off your skin. Of course, when you will be in the sun, a quality sunscreen is a must - and make sure you follow the tips above for maximum protection.
Sun damage can happen to even the most faithful sunscreen user. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the signs of aging and get smoother, more youthful skin, contact Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center. We offer a variety of non-invasive, effective treatments that can help undo the signs of sun damage, aging, and other skin concerns.