Packing your beach bag can be an art form: You need all the essentials for a full day at the shore — a good read, sunglasses, snacks, water, sun hat, towel — we could go on. But if there is one thing you need to remember to pack, make it a broad spectrum SPF.
According to Dr. Brown, “The most important anti-aging product anyone can use is a sunscreen. Skin is the body’s largest organ, yet we generally focus on just the 5% found on the face.” Formulas that are designed for head-to-toe coverage are ideal to keep your skin fully protected. Even better if you can find multitasking products that deliver coverage as well as skin renewal and moisturization. Read on to discover more about SPF - the absolute summertime skincare essential.
Why is Sun Protection Important?
WHY SPF IS CRUCIAL
Broad spectrum protection is key in protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays which are known to contribute to skin cancer — not to mention sunspots and premature aging. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB damages the DNA in skin cells, producing genetic defects, or mutations, that can lead to skin cancer (as well as premature aging).”
WHAT DOES BROAD SPECTRUM MEAN?
Sunscreens used to just protect against UVB rays. However, research has proved that UVA rays are harmful as well. Broad spectrum protection reflects the broader spectrum of coverage that includes both UVA and UVB rays. Make a habit of reading the sunscreen label to ensure yours has the coverage your skin needs.
HOW TO PROPERLY APPLY SUNSCREEN
Apply sunscreen liberally at least 15 minutes before you head outside; use a mirror so you don’t miss a spot. And don’t forget to bring backups. It’s important to reapply sunscreen every two hours so you’re always protected — especially if you’re out between 10 am and 4 pm. Also make sure to reapply after swimming, sports, or toweling off.