10.09.2014
Reader Question: Sunscreen

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Hey Jamie!

Ok, so I know that we all have to wear sunscreen but there’s so much info out there and it’s really overwhelming to understand. Can you tell me exactly what I need to know? Sunscreen for dummies?

Thanks!

“K

Hi “K”!

I hear you…it’s definitely a lot.  Here’s a quick break down of what you really need to know, bottom line.

1. Don’t just wear it on your face: It’s important to wear SPF all over, even if you plan on being outside for most of the day.  If you’re skin is exposed (e.g. you’re wearing a tank top, dress, shorts, etc.), then you ARE getting sun damage. I can personally attest to this since my left arm has way more freckles than my right (hello, driving arm).

2. You MUST re-apply: Sunscreen should be re-applied every 2-3 hours or anytime after you swim or sweat a lot.  I can’t even tell you how many friends are all “I put on SPF and I still got burned!” My first question is always “did you re-apply?” Their answer is always a definitive NO.

3. Using makeup with SPF is NOT enough: Sure, any SPF is great but, ideally, you want to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (it will say “broad-spectrum” on the packaging) so that you’re getting protection from both the UVA and UVB rays- most makeup is not broad-spectrum.

4. Choose an SPF product specifically for your skin: One of the most common sunscreen complaints I get is that it’s “too greasy” or that it “gets chalky.” Guys, there are TONS of different sunscreens on the market- you can find a lotion, spray, cream, wipe, etc. Find one that works for you and your specific needs.

Those are the basic rules! #noexcuses

xo,

Jamie

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