You’re Probably Using Your Sunscreen Wrong

You’re Probably Using Your Sunscreen Wrong

We all hear about the dangers we face from the sun. Beauty magazines proclaim the sun’s aging effects, medical experts lecture us on skin cancer, and your friends Instagram the latest photos of their painful sunburn.

sunscreenWe say: Believe the hype and get informed because, like most people, you’re probably using your sunscreen wrong. Want to make sure you’re truly protected this summer? Here’s a definitive guide to natural sunscreen and how to wear it.

What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays? 
UVB are the rays that lead to sun damage and skin cancer. UVA rays accelerate aging, cause photo damage and can penetrate glass and cloud cover. Make sure that you choose a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays.

What SPF should I choose?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures how long your skin will be protected from UVB rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 30 or higher.

How much sunscreen do I need to put on?
For the face and neck:

Use 1 teaspoon on each area (Skin Cancer Foundation).

Our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32 is one of the best sunscreens for the face because it’s a broad spectrum formulation which protects against both UVA / UVB rays and doubles up as a fantastic makeup primer. Perfect for keeping cosmetics in place on a hot summer day.

tropical vanilla body spf 32For the body
Use the equivalent of 1 - 1.5 shot glasses to cover the whole body with sunscreen (Skin Cancer Foundation).

Our Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32 not only provides UVA/UVB protection but also takes you on a beautiful sensory journey with hints of vanilla and linden tea! Health & Wellness magazine touts it as one of their "Scent-sational Top Picks." Practical yet indulgent. 

Where do I apply?
Not only should you slather sunscreen on the main parts of your face and body but also these easily forgotten areas: the tops of ears, lips, back of the neck and the hands. Men with little to no hair should always be diligent in applying sunscreen to the entire head!

How do I choose the right sunscreen for my skin type? 
Here is a list of sunscreens ideal for your skin - 
Oily Skin: Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 32
Combination Skin: Persimmon and Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32
Dry Skin: Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32
Uneven Skin: Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30 

How do I protect against the signs of sun damage but also not ruin my makeup? 
With all the events going on during the summer (wedding season!), you need to be protective but still look good. We recommend Sun Defense Minerals as the easiest and safest way to get that sun kissed glow. Use a lighter shade of the Sun Defense Minerals as your foundation or highlighter, and a darker shade as your bronzer or contour. You can also use the Sun Defense Minerals as a tint for your décolleté, shoulders and legs to give the appearance of a natural tan!

Find out more about all our Summer Essentials including our SPF products, Sun Defense Minerals and other sun care products that naturally protect and repair during the summer season.

Kevin Masch is a former journalist turned medical esthetician. He is currently part of the Product Support team at Éminence Organics, turning his love of talking with people and passion for skin care into the perfect career. For any product related questions, get in touch with Kevin or anyone else on the Product Support team with the new Live Chat feature on our website. 

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