My daughter is on spring break, and so are most other college kids right now. Many of them in a sun-kissed location doing things their parents are trying not to think about. But the whole point here is not about the rites of spring break, but how important sunscreen is. Most of the sun damage we acquire is by age 18. So the diligent use of sunscreen can prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. I’ve been spreading the stuff on my kids since they were babies. Sunscreen is right up there with hygeine — brush your teeth, wash your face, apply sunscreen. Spring break is no time to throw good sensibilities out the window. Maybe sunscreen isn’t up there on the top of a parent’s list of sensible behaviors, but it certainly can’t hurt.
- Use broad spectrum SPF, at least 15 for everyday, higher if you plan on soaking up sun.
- If you are sensitive to chemicals, look for a zinc or titanium oxide sunscreen.
- Try waterproof if you plan on water activity.
- Apply a full 1 1/4 ounce, to your body a half hour prior to sun exposure. Reapply often.
- For more information on what to look for in sunscreens and how to use them, click here.
I love Peter Thomas Roth sunscreens, they are innovative and they work. For everyday face protection Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 is ideal. It’s a matte, talc-free mineral powder with brush included! It finishes makeup perfectly, so don’t worry about mussing your makeup.
For body, check out Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30. Provides maximum full spectrum face and body protection for active lifestyles by resisting water for long lasting defense and shielding against premature fine lines and wrinkle formation.
Practicing safe sun, it’s a good thing.