So, you all know how adamant I am about sunscreen. You’re probably poo-poo’ing me, as I type, but if you saw the photos of what my dear father has to go through due to the sun damage he acquired as a young man, you’d be singing a different tune. That being said, I know how annoying it is to slather yourself up with daily sunscreen. Most facial moisturizers now have an option of at least SPF 15 built in, but what about your body? You probably never even thought about that, but it is your largest area of skin. Duh. Your face is not the only place that can get wrinkles, FYI. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have the funds saved up for a knee lift, so I think prevention is the way to go.
You’re probably aware that sunscreen should be applied while lounging poolside, but here are a few times you probably don’t even think about needing sunscreen and you’re getting scorched:
- Driving. You’ve got your shades on. It’s obviously sunny. A lot of your car is GLASS. The sun is coming in and you’re frying.
- Outdoor activities/exercise. I’m guilty of this. I love a good run by the river and often forget that I’m getting sun exposure as I move. Just because you aren’t sprawled out on a beach blanket feeling the heat doesn’t mean you aren’t soaking up the UV’s.
- Overcast days. This is actually one of the times you are more likely to get a sunburn. Just because the sun is not pounding down on you, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
- Winter. Ice, snow, and other shiny surfaces reflect the sun. You are also more likely to get a sunburn at higher altitudes so slap on that sunscreen when participating in winter sports.
- Basically anytime you are in daylight.
It also doesn’t matter what your skin type is. Even if you have a darker complexion and tan easily, the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin and damage the DNA of your skin cells, ultimately causing cancer. Yikes!
Something I’ve found that will make your life so much easier:
You need to moisturize daily anyway, why not just kill two birds with one stone? This is a cheap, easy, and straight forward way to keep your skin looking young, healthy, and smooth. Melanoma is sooo 2001.