9 New SPF Ideas

With summer in full swing, it's time for the beach, the pool and spending time outside. While there are perks to getting active in the great outdoors, it's important to protect your skin from the sun's rays, which cause skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer. But not all sun protection was created equal. We've got tips to help you choose – and make sure you properly use – your sunscreen!

Know Your Coverage

Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or lower may protect against sunburn, but they may not offer proper protection from wrinkling or skin cancer. Opt for formula an SPF of 30 or higher to keep yourself safe. Something rated SPF 30 is not "twice as strong" as something with an SPF 15.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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