Raise your hands if you want to spend all day hiding indoors, windows hidden under thick curtains, to avoid wrinkles?
No one? Thought so.
You know the sun gives you wrinkles and makes you age faster but spending all your life avoiding it is NOT an option.
So what’s a gal to do? Surely, there must be a way to enjoy life in the sun without getting wrinkles and dark spots…
Good news: there are way more than one. Here are 4 sun protection tips to stay safe in the sun:
1. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin areas
I know, I know, this is a given but… Did you know that most people only apply 1/3 to 1/2 of the recommended amount of sunscreen? That’s because they apply only a thin layer – and that just won’t do! To get the level of SPF stated on the bottle, you need to apply a thick layer of sunscreen on all areas that are gonna be exposed to the sun, including your ears, neck, hands and lips. As a rule, you need 1/4 of a teaspoon just for your face.
P.S. If your sunscreen is too thick to be applied so liberally, switch sunscreen. It’s obviously not suitable for your skin type.
2. Use mineral powders with SPF throughout the day
Powders with SPF are NOT an alternative to SPF. I repeat, powders with SPF are NOT an alternative to sunscreen. You need to apply SO many layers to reach the SPF stated on the bottle. If you’re spending hours outdoors, swimming oe sweating, you’re better off reapplying your sunscreen every couple of hours. But wha if that’s not possible? Maybe you’re working in an office your day and just need to touch up your SPF without ruining your makeup. That’s where powders with SPF come in. If you’re not getting that much sun exposure anyway, they’ll just do.
3. Beware of windows
Did you know that UV rays can get through clouds and windows? Translation: you’re not safe indoors – or when driving your car. Forget the sunscreen and those pesky UV rays will hit your skin and cause all sorts of damage. The best thing would be to tint your car windows and put sheds on your windows. If that’s not an option, always put sunscreen on before you get into your car and try not to spend too much time near a window. It sounds like overdoing it but trust me, one day you’ll be glad you went the extra mile.
4. Wear sun protective clothes and accessories
You think you’re safe from the sun rays because you’re fully clothed? Think again. Most clothes only provide 5 to 9 SPF! You know what that means? If you’re serious about some protection, you need to invest in some sun protective clothing that can offer up to SPF 50. While you’re at it, make sure your sunglasses provide 100% UV ray protection (truth bomb: dark lenses don’t necessarily protect from the sun rays – look for a model that claim to offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays instead) to protect your eyes. Finish off your look with an opaque, tightly-woven, wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp and hair.
Have you got any other sun protection tips you can share? Let me know in the comments below.