Waves lapping, fresh warm breezes, and powder blue skies in all directions means it’s officially summer! But before you go out and enjoy it, take a minute to consider your skin. One in five Americans will have skin cancer in their lifetime, and much of that is due to harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Check out our five simple and stylish tips to make this summer enjoyable and skin safe!
Sun Protective Clothing
It’s a little known fact that UV radiation can penetrate many sheer garments and bathing suits. Basically, any light you see when you hold fabric up to the sun is what your skin absorbs throughout the day. That’s why many clothing lines are coming out with summer fashion wear that has built in Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). Brands like Mott 50, Cabana Life, and Coolibar now offer a variety of clothes and accessories with high marks in style and sun blocking power. UPF is scaled differently than SPF; on the lower end UPF 15 blocks around 93% of the sun’s rays while UPF 50 shades nearly 99%!
UV Blocking Laundry Additives
Don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe just to be protected from the sun? Luckily new additives can be added to your laundry to boost your clothing’s sun protection. Sun Guard’s Wash-In Laundry UV Protectant offers a UPF 30 formula for cotton clothing that will block up to 96% of the sun’s harmful rays. One treatment should provide protection for about twenty washings and doesn’t change colors, create a film, or affect fabric softness.
Everyone knows that darker colors absorb more heat from sunlight, but the same process can absorb UV radiation too. Lighter colors reflect sunlight and radiation, which can look flashy, but it will leave you more prone to nasty burns, especially around your face and neck where there’s potential to receive double exposure from natural and reflected light. And remember: Darker doesn’t necessarily mean drab! Studies have shown that a lively green cotton dress will absorb 30% more UV radiation than its white counterpart. Combine darker colors with the Sun Guard protection mentioned above and you’ve got a UV-proof outfit for even the brightest afternoons!
This floppy fashion accessory is coming back for practical and stylistic reasons. The large brims of these hats provide protection to your face, neck, and shoulders, plus it looks great with a pair of shades! The website Sungrubbies.com offers a variety of styles and colors, all with laboratory-tested sun protection and approval by The Skin Cancer Foundation, the Melanoma International Foundation and the Skin Cancer Federation of Australia. Sungrubbies representatives recommend customers buy a derby hat with at least a three inch brim and encourage the use of sunscreen to double up on protection.
Natural & Vegan Sunscreens
Research conducted by the Environmental Working Group has uncovered that only 8% of sunscreens on the market are chemically safe and effective for their intended use. While you shouldn’t throw out all bargain brand suntan lotions, it might be time to check out healthier alternatives. Products like Goddess Garden’s Natural Sunscreen, LaVanila’s’s Healthy Sunscreen SPF30 Body Cream, JASÖN’s Sunbrellas Mineral Natural Sunblock, and Sunology’s SPF50 Body Sunscreen offer mostly organic ingredients with full spectrum protection, green tea extracts, and water resistant formulas. Whatever you choose, buy a couple of bottles at a time. Keep one at home and another in your car or purse for spontaneous summertime fun!
If you want more summer skin health tips or wish to explore cosmetic skincare service, contact us today! Our Signature Forum representatives can book you a free consultation with a cosmetic specialist near you!
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