Beauty Tip of The Week- Skin Sun Protection

It seems to me that skin care and proper sun protection is a very preached about matter but I'm not so sure that it's heeded in that same sense. As I applied sun tan lotion this morning, I began giving this matter alot of thought. Why is it that people continue to ignore these warnings and scary stories and sit out in the sun with little or no sun protection?
I have extremely fair skin that tends to burn even with the very mention of warm weather. I never used to be as skin concious as I am now. I mean who doesn’t love a golden tan color during the Spring and Summer months? But I never tan, my skin just skips that step and burns to a crisp. I used to sit out in the sun without lotion and not really care that much. So what made me suddenly start taking better care of my skin in the sun?

Here's my story:  About 4 years ago when I first got married my husband and I spent some time in the sun. I was wearing little or no suntan lotion hoping to get a golden glow perhaps. With the weather up to or over 100 degrees every day and most of my time there spent under the sun I ended up burning REALLY BADLY. By really burnt I mean that most of the end of the week was spent in bed. I ended up getting really sick with vomiting and fever. I could feel the actual heat being emmitted from my body. Even the clothing against my skin burned! I had blisters etc. ok you get the point! not a very fun situation. Lets just say when an ice cold bath and aloe vera aren’t helping, you know that you are really burnt badly. After everything I ended up at the hospital and I found out that I had gotten sun poisening and really bad burns. You better believe that was the last time I ever did something like that. That’s just my story, don't wait till something like that happens to you to start paying attention to good skin care.

 I am sure that everyone has heard those same warnings and stories of terrible skin burns and even worst cancers but yet so many people still sit out in the sun without sun protection and even apply oils (alot like being in a frying pan). I now feel very passionate about avoiding any exposure to the suns harmful rays. These are just some tips that I have learnt from my experience and would like to share with you:

1) Apply Sun Tan Lotion or Products with SPF in them:
 What is SPF? It is the sun protection factor in the product you are applying to your skin or as I like to call it- Sunburn Prevention Fluid :). Most sun protection products work by absorbing and scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays.
  Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. This Pesach I wore the sun tan lotion that I applied to my little boy with SPF 100. Yes there is such a thing. If you have fair skin like me and you burn even when you think of the sun I would suggest a number in that range for your suntan lotion. If you don’t burn as quickly or at all, anything between SPF 15-60 will work well for you. I personally love how sun tan lotion smells. It reminds me of being a little kid and going to the neighbors pool in the summer with my mothers art camp. Luckily so many makeup products now come with built in sunscreens so you can be made up and be protected at the same time. Keeping lips from burning is a must as well. Most lip sticks, glosses and balms come with the added SPF so get yourself one that does.

2) Wear Hats and Sunglasses- If you are planning to be somewhere sunny, wear a hat. Wear one that has a brim all the way around. These shade your face, ears, and the back of your neck best. Plus there are so many stylish choices out now so you can be chic and protected at the same time.

3) Sit in the shade or under an umbrella- but keep in mind that you still need to wear lotion when your in the shade or when it's cloudy out. Clouds and shade don't block out all UV light. 

FAKE IT! For an easy golden glow that doesn’t damage your precious skin there are lots of amazing bronzers out there that look just as great as a natural tan. If you want something that lasts a little longer there are fake tan lotions and sprays that work really well and you can purchase them easily from your local drugstore for a very decent price. Once you learn to use them their as easy as giving yourself a manicure. Spray tans are also available at salons.

One extra tip when your out in the heat which doesn't have as much to do with skin but is just as important is: Stay Hydrated! If you will be out and about make sure to pack yourself a water bottle. Getting dehydrated is not fun!

Practicing good sun protection is most important in these Spring-Summer months when the sun is at it's hottest. So don’t forget your suntan lotion, hat, sunglasses and a bottle of water. You will be happy when you have beautiful undamaged skin to show for it later on. Taking care of your skin shouldn't be a chore it should be a good habit.

I consider this a makeup tip because the face is like a blank canvas and what's underneath the skin makes a big difference to how the makeup will apply and be as a finished product. Take good care of your skin and you will be that much closer to having a face that looks flawless.

       Stay tuned for some other really important tips for taking good care of your skin.
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