We are loving the summertime season, and here in Newnan, we are feeling the heat! No matter what time of year it is, you know that at Healthy Life Chiropractic, we are promoting just that — a healthy life, and that includes your skin. If you are in the habit of daily sunscreen application, give yourself a pat on the back as you are in the minority. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that only about 14% of men and 30% of women regularly put on sunscreen. Here is what you need to know about sun protection.
No matter what season it is, we are here to help you build healthy habits. When you make even just one small positive change, you are moving in the right direction, and you want to be sure you are doing it correctly. When it comes to sunscreen, most people think it’s just putting on lotion, right? There is actually more to it, starting with the right level of SPF.
SPF, or sun protection factor, is an important consideration. The sunscreen you choose should have an SPF of 30 or higher and should have broad-spectrum coverage, meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. We also recommend picking a brand that is water-resistant, as spending a day out in the sun usually means splashing around in the pool or at the beach or participating in an activity that causes you to break out in a sweat.
When you do put on your sunscreen, be sure to apply generously and allow it to dry for at least 15 minutes before you get in the water or go out in the sun. Slather up every part of your body that is exposed, and don’t forget your ears, neck, tops of your feet, and even the backs of your hands and top of your headed if needed. Your lips need sun protection too, so look for a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Types of Sunscreen
You might not realize it, but there are different types of sunscreen including physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen is thick and heavy and takes longer to rub in, but starts protecting you from the sun immediately.
Chemical sunscreen is quicker and easier to rub in, but can take up to 20 minutes to start protecting you. Physical sunscreen is referred to as sunblock because it contains zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide, which deflects UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreen contains ingredients that give broad-spectrum protection but can be irritating to those with sensitive skin.
The key point to take away is that there are different options so you can find the sun protection that works best for you and your family to apply daily.
Have Fun Outdoors, But Be Protected
We are all for enjoying the long days of summer and want everyone who comes through our doors to enjoy a happy and healthy life where they can get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Just remember to protect your body’s biggest organ (yes, your skin!) and take proper precautions when spending time outside so you can enjoy what each day brings for seasons to come.