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Want to slow the aging process? Pick up some sunscreen.

By popular vote, the most hated word in the English dictionary is “aging.”  But what exasperates aging? One of the biggest culprits is  the sun.

It’s true that w receive much needed Vitamin D from the fun, however, if your fun in the sun routine doesn’t include applying sunscreen beforehand then there’s trouble ahead. You may have heard this before, but it never hurts to repeat it – the sun plays a huge role in this called aging.  When you hear the terms UVA & UVB, the former means ultraviolet “aging“ rays” and UVB stands for ultraviolet “burning” rays. Aging rays cause the breakdown of collagen which plumps up our skin and it loosens elastin fibers which we need to prevent wrinkling and sagging skin. Devastating news isn’t it?

Did you know that the tan you’re sporting is directly linked to the “burning” rays? It’s important to note that the melanin (what gives us color) in our skin is what protects us from the sun’s harsh rays and the deeper your skin tone the longer it takes to burn, however, if your skin is exposed for long periods of time both UV rays will penetrate all skin tones and begin to cause damage like pigmentation issues and cancerous moles.

A myth that needs debunking once and for all is that only people with fair skin need to wear sunscreen. The truth is that absolutely everyone needs to wear this powerful, protective agent before venturing into a clear sunny day or when it’s overcast because the sun still peaks through.   The minimum sunscreen is now SPF (sun protection factor) 30, however, you can still get away with wearing as little as SPF 15-20. Speaking of sunscreen, I just whipped out an amazing tinted moisturizer from Miracle Skin Transformer. I thought I had hit the mother load with a Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted moisturizer, but I’ve met it’s match. It hydrates, protects and has  SPF 20. The one difference is that LM’s is oil-free.

What to look for in a sunscreen:

If you have oily skin:  Look for “oil-free” on the label and make sure it doesn’t contain mineral oil.

If you have dry skin:  You need sunscreen  that’s moisturizing AND  provides protection.  Look for products that contain glycerin ,which acts a humectants and  traps moisture in. you. Also, opt for products that are alcohol-free products. Avoid gels & spray-delivery systems because they usually contain alcohol which dries your skin rather hydrate it.

If you have sensitive skin:  You should be shopping for non-irritant products that are hypoallergenic & fragrance-free.

If you are the  active types: Really active people or those of you who love the water should look for product that indicates that  it’s water-resistant. It won’t budge due to wet or perspiring skin for at least 45 minutes.  However,  afterwards you’ll need to reapply.

Sunscreen doesn’t always get it’s due respect, but I hope that from this point forward you consider sunscreen your best and recruit your friends and family to join the sunscreen movement. Say it with me, “I will always wear sunscreen!”

 

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.