Under conditions of maximum exposure whether you’re sailing for the afternoon or sunning by the pool-sunscreen clone is not enough. “A sunscreen will burn-proof you, but you can still get big doses of UV light-ond solar damage-through the sunscreen,” says Dr. Michael Martin, author of How to Outsmart the Sun (Penmarin Books). In addition to sunscreen, you need to wear sunglasses, protective clothing and headgeor and to take regular breaks from the sun inside or in the shade. But don’t sit in the shade without sunscreen. “UV light comes from the sun, but it bounces off the atmosphere, the ground (especially sand) and the surface of the water, so it can still get at you in the shade,” says Dr. Martin.
If you crave a little color, do it with a self-tanner. SPF-enhanced formulations (such as Coppertone Protect & Tan Sunblock with Self-Tanner SPF 25 and Bain de Soleil Sunscreen & Self-Tanner SPF 30) provide sun protection os you artificially tan. But the SPF protect forever. “If you’ve achieved the color you want, that’s the time to put on a sunscreen. You olso have to keep reapplying sunscreen,” says Barbara Wolf, Ph.D., vice president, skin care and advanced concepts, for Almay.
Suiting up for the sun If the day is hot enough to make you sweat, be prepared with formulations that will stay put. Try Banana Boat Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 50, Sunlind Sun Milk SPF 20 or Bath & Body Works Sport Therapy Sweatproof Moisturizing Sunblock SPF 15. For an easy, cooling reapplication, consider a spray sunscreen, such as Lancaster Active Day Sun Spray SPF 15.
Do you have a problem with acne on your back, shoulders or chest? Slather on an oil-free product such as Shade Sunblock SPF 30 or Mary Kay Sun Essentials Intense Protection Sunblock SPF 20. Sensitive skin can take cover with Banana Boat Maximum Sunblock SPF 50, Panama Jack
Super Sport Sunblock SPF 15 or Vaseline Intensive Care Baby Moisturizing Sunblock Lotion SPF 30+. One dermatologist’s recipe for ultimate protection: an underlayer of Shade UVAGuard SPF 15 (it contains Parsol 1789 and is the only broad spectrum UVA blocker on the market) and then a high SPF (25 to 30) waterproof sunscreen. “This gives both high UVA and UVB coverage that is protective enough to stand up to an afternoon of sailing,” says Santa Monica dermatologist Nicholas Lowe, M.D.
Special protection for hot spots Lips, eyes, ears and nose have high burn potential they stick out and thus get more sun exposure. These sensitive spots may need a little extra protection on top of your sunscreen. Stick formulas, such as Neutrogena Sunblock Stick SPF 25, or tube formulas, like Physicians Formula Sun Shield for Faces SPF 20, make it easy to dab on more coverage.
And what’s summer without zinc oxide? Two new appealing takes: Banana Boat Fashion Zink in bright colors and SportzBloc in flesh tones.
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