Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ultimate Protection

The sun and I aren't exactly friends. I love the sun and all but I swear he's out to get me! I get burned so easily and when I burn I REALLY burn. I get so sick. I'm wiped out with headaches, I'm nauseous, ugh... it's. awful.
Mother nature has been playing a nasty joke on us around these parts. This entire Spring has been freezing, sporadic snow storms, constant wind... not fun. But I'm hoping that June will warm up just a little bit! With that comes the SUN!

I found a great website {the Melanoma International Foundation} that talked about the benefits and importance of sunscreen. Go HERE for the full monty! But here are a few things to keep in mind this summer {and always}.

* Even with sunscreen you should also use NATURAL sun protection, like seeking shade, wearing hats and other protective clothing and limit time in the direct sunlight. "Sunscreens should not substitute for sensible avoidance of excessive sun exposure. They should not be used simply to increase your sun-worshiping hours."

*The SPF measures the ability of a product to reduce the amount of UV-B radiation penetrating the skin. A sun protection factor of 10 reduces UV-B penetration by 90 percent, SPF 20 by 95 percent, and SPF 30 by 97 percent.... {I use the highest SPF I can find.

*You should apply your sunscreen at least forty-five minutes before going out into the sun, to allow for better bonding to the skin. Reapply sunscreen after going into the water: rarely will the protectant maintain its efficacy after you've been swimming.

*Reapply every 2 hours!

*Most people apply 25 to 50 percent of the amount of sunscreen used to determine SPF. So make sure to REALLY lather the stuff on!

This year I am determined to lather up with sunscreen EVERY time we go outside!I will not forget my face.Nor will I forget my kids; truth be told I don't forget to put sunscreen on them, but sometimes I forget to REAPPLY! So I will be making sure they get more than one dose of it!I would REALLY like to get myself a sassy & sexy sun hat! Is there such a thing?


karen@fitnessjourney said...

Good reminder to slather it on. I wish I would have been more vigilant about using sunscreen on my arms and hands instead of just my face and neck. The arms are looking a little lizard-y.

Liz said...

I am manic about slathering the sun cream on my kids - they are both fair-skinned and I'm paranoid about sunburn.

Nice blog!

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