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Don’t take your sunscreen at face value – you deserve better.
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Okay, okay…maybe that was a bad dad joke, but what I don’t joke about is sunburn prevention (I did it twice.) July of 2020 I had a really bad case of sunburn. Sunburn can be a painful consequence of spending too much time in the sun (as if you didn’t know.) This time around my sunburn also helped me experience an extreme, deep, painful itching called hell’s itch…
The nightmarish condition kept me suffering and awake at night. What’s worse is that it lasted several painful days and there is no way to stop it…
I have fair skin and have been burned many times (not proud, just saying) but I am not the proper wordsmith to convey how much different this event was from my previous burns…
I am going to do everything in my power to never experience that again. It was right up there with shingles as things I wouldn’t wish on anyone, ever.
That being said, I normally use sunscreen (and I did that day in July) but here are some things which I want others to consider, and hopefully fare better than I did.
I thought I used the right sunscreen… but maybe I didn’t…
SPF (sun protection factor) is not a simple bigger is better math equation. SPF 100 is not twice as effective as SPF 50. SPF 50 is about 99% effective at protecting your skin from harmful UVB rays. (SPF30 is 97%…so you do the math) UVB rays, are best known for causing sunburn. These rays skim the surface of your skin and leave behind an uncomfortable sunburn and horrible tan lines that you’re forced to deal with for the remainder of your vacation. An easy way to remember what UVB means is B = Burn. So, UVBurn.
Fighting tan lines and painful burns are one thing, but Fighting the early signs of aging are another.
You can protect yourself from burn and premature wrinkles. The only way to keep your skin safe and shield it from the sun is to wear sunscreen every day — even when it’s cloudy. Every day is sunday…(okay I’ll stop) Sunscreens that are labeled with “broad spectrum” are FDA approved to protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays sink deep into the skin and are the culprits responsible for those unwanted dark spots, fine lines, uneven skin tone and wrinkles. Just like ‘B’ meant burn, think of A = Aging. So, UVAging.
You should always look for ‘broad spectrum’ (a short but powerful phrase) on your bottle or tube. Your broad spectrum sunscreen should also contain an SPF of at least 30.
The Food and Drug Administration defines “broad spectrum” as providing protection from both types of rays. However, the standard for using that term on a label is not very strict – one study found that participants who used a poor quality broad spectrum sunscreen for two days on a tropical beach got the same UVA exposure as those visiting a tanning salon once.
Also…I didn’t re-apply…
Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. If you work indoors and sit away from windows, you may not need a second application; but I was on the beach… fail…
Apply Tanri Outdoors 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours.
Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 30 or higher and other sun protection measures including:
- Limit time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses