June 2010

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Posted on June 16, 2010 in Body Skincare

After a long, wet winter and an equally wet spring, West Coasters are about ready for a little sunshine. This year in particular, we are likely to get a nasty sunburn if we don’t cover up properly. Why? Because our skins have not seen the sun in a long time, and will immediately become exposed to the strong overhead rays that June traditionally brings.

So remember to cover up, and try to stay out of the sunshine from the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Love the beach too much to stay away from it? Then be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. (This will be marked on the packaging.) For extra protection, whisk ColoreScience Sunforgettable over your face, neck and decolleté. Sunforgettable is available from Afterglow.

Since many sunscreens break down in sunlight, to be safe, you should reapply every two hours or so and always after a swim or dip in the pool.  You will need to apply approximately one shot glass full of sunscreen to your entire body to ensure proper protection.  Sunscreen should be applied half an hour before going out in the sun to allow the protective components to fully penetrate the skin.

Finally, be sure to eat as many sun-protective fruits and veggies as possible! Pomegranate juice, broccoli, carrots, beets and dark chocolate all help to provide an internal sunscreen that will help keep wrinkles at bay.

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