Your No-Fry Guide to SPF.
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I am so grateful that Target continues to empower me to share my personal skin care regimens with you. In turn, I want to encourage you to express your own skin care ideas as well. I always say that I love sharing great finds, especially where you wouldn’t normally look for them or expect to find them.
Now, for my sun care facts and easy ways to apply and reapply sun care products without messing up makeup…
Did you know…? According to some sun care research studies:
- People with darker skin tones are less likely to take measures to protect their skin from the sun.
- Less than 1/3 of Hispanics use sun care products such as sunscreen.
- 40% of Hispanics believe tanning is safe as long as they do not burn. This is untrue, as skin cancer can develop from sun exposure alone, not just burns.
- Only 53% of African American consumers report using any sun protection compared to 82% of Caucasians.
- Harmful rays can penetrate through windows. Being inside doesn’t guarantee that you’re protected.
- Your lower lip falls squarely in the pathway of UV rays, making it 12x more likely to be affected by those that cause cancer. Areas like lips are often forgotten in the sun care process…
- Sunscreen, like breakfast, is not something to skimp on. Half a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face everyday is recommended. Plus, reapplying sunscreen every 1-2 hours is a must.
- Numbers aren’t everything. Even if you know how to use your SPF 30, 50, etc., the key to sun care isn’t what you apply but applying the right amount evenly.
I am planning a vacation in the sun so I had to grab my sun lover SPF. The Sun Bum SPF 30 Original Sunscreen lotion is waterproof for 80 minutes and is gluten free, paraben free, vegan, and enriched with vitamin E. I’m obsessed with the sun, and any opportunity that I get. But, don’t be fooled into thinking this applies to beach days only. I am also sure to apply this SPF under my daily makeup prior to days out shopping, running errands and just lounging in the backyard. Also, just because you are in the car, remember harmful rays can penetrate through windows…
SPF-ing my face – the Sun Bum SPF 30 Face Stick. While multi-benefit makeup products can help absorb and reflect UV rays, Dr. Ali Hendi, a skin cancer specialist, suggests layering a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher under your makeup, and also to be careful to apply dime-size amounts to your cheeks, forehead, ears, nose and chin area. The trick is finding a sunscreen to layer that sits well with your makeup. Some sunscreens have a great texture, while others are very oily. It’s about finding the texture you like that allows you to put makeup over it without affecting the texture of the skin and the appearance of your skin after you’ve applied the product. So I am sure to use the Sun Bum SPF 30 Face Stick for the proper protection.
Protecting the Pout – The Sun Bum SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm. When it comes to our lips, many of us think our lipsticks cover protection and preservation. We may be used to putting on lipstick every day, but, when in the sun, we forget to SPF. Since the convex curve of our lower lip, as the above research points out, is right in the pathway of UV rays, it gets a lot of sun. Research shows that the lower lip is 12 times more likely to be affected by UV rays that cause cancer. So, swipe on a lip balm with SPF 30+, and be sure to keep applying throughout the day under that gorgeous lipstick.
A final reminder not to forget to SPF the hands, neck, ears and tattoos (because it can be hard to detect skin cancer symptoms where the skin is colored). For tattoos, using an SPF stick or spray can help application in hard-to-reach places. Just make sure to rub the product into the skin once you apply it over your tattoos. The Sun Bum SPF 70 Original Sunscreen Lotion Spray is perfect for providing some extra protection to your tattoos.
Let me know if you have any questions about anti-frying in the comments below.
Happy SPFing, loves.
Until my next special find,
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Skin care fact sources:
Sun Care Fact Sources: Mintel, Sun Protection and Sunless Tanners, Nov 2014
Mintel, Personal Care Customer, Nov 2015
Hispanic Consumers’ Haircare, Beauty and Grooming Products, Sept 2014
Refinery29, Sun Safe: What You Need To Know Now http://www.refinery29.com/sun-damage