Beautiful Summer Skin 1, 2, 3
Step 3: Protect
You've heard it countless times but it still bears repeating: Shielding your skin from the sun is the best investment you can make for your skin's future. And before you rattle off the reasons that you don't wear sunscreen as often as you know you should, think about this: Sunscreen is now better than ever -- more convenient, more transparent, more resistant to water and sweat, and loaded with more antioxidants to help boost your skin's natural protection capabilities. Approximately 30 minutes before heading outside, cover your entire body with sunscreen. Make sure to apply a generous amount; dermatologists recommend at least two tablespoons' worth. Also, while you get 88 percent protection against UVB rays (the rays that burn your skin) with SPF 15, SPF 30 provides 95 percent protection -- allowing you to stay outside a bit longer. Of course, you also need protection from UVA rays, which are responsible for premature skin aging, so always look for a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays. One last note: Reapply often. Most experts suggest doing so at least every two hours.Your Protecting Kit
- Almay Sun Protector for Face SPF 30, $8.99, offers high protection in a hypoallergenic formula, so it won't clog pores.
Also try: Lumene Sun On the Go, $18.99, has an SPF 40 for the face and lips.
- SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30, $34, contains chemical-free sunscreens that offer complete UVA and UVB protection, ideal for sensitive skin.
Also try: Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 45 for Body, $10.99, offers additional protection with vitamins C and E.
- Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45, $9.49, is a refreshing, waterproof spray with long-lasting and stable UVA and UVB protection.
Also try: Coppertone Continuous Spray SPF 30, $9.99, is great for even coverage that doesn't need to be rubbed into the skin.
- Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30, $24.50, offers superior protection for the delicate eye area with micronized mineral ingredients.
Also try: Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sport Sunblock Lip Balm SPF 45, $1.99, is both emollient and protective.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal magazine, June 2006.
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