This summer get ready for new products and new ways to protect yourself in the sun. The age old tricks and tips are due for an update in this modernized age of advanced research. Health.com fills us in on how the old rules have changed and how you can protect yourself in the summer sunshine.
Old rule: Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15
New rule: Wear an SPF 15 (at least) plus an antioxidant-enriched moisturizer.
UV damage is no longer the only thing to worry about, the sun also generates free radicals breaking down your collagen and elastin fibers. Try a moisturizer full of antioxidants, or load up on soy or green tea that can help the free radicals from attacking.
Old rule: Cover-up when you’re in direct sunlight.
New rule: Wear sun-protective clothing, dark colors or tightly woven fabrics
Clothing is the best way to shield the sun’s harmful rays. Fabrics have UPF ratings that measure their level of UV protection. A plain white T-shirt has a UPF rating of <10, but the recommended rating is at least 30! Accessories, like hats, can be very helpful too! So, put on that floppy beach hat, it is a stylish life saver.
A few Facts:
-Using a tanning bed increases your risk for melanoma by up to 75%
-90% of the signs of aging (wrinkles, brown spots) are caused by UV radiation
-Supplements are the safest way to get vitamin D, try a daily 400 to 1,000 IU