5 Ways to Screen Yourself From the Sun
Sunscreen is your ticket to young looking skin. Be sure to use it – and use it properly.
Wear sunscreen daily, rain or shine, summer or winter. Don’t assume fog, mist, or clouds will shade you, since 80 percent of the sun’s rays penetrate them. And don’t rely solely on protection from a beach umbrella or wide-brimmed hat, since 85 percent of rays bounce off sand, water, snow, and concrete. Also use sunscreen if you sit near a window at the office or home, since UVA rays penetrate glass.
Go For Broad Spectrum
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen to guard against the longer UVA rays associated with aging and the shorter UVB rays that cause most skin cancer. Opt for a product with a sun-protection factor, or SPE, of 15 or greater, meaning it will take 15 times as long for your skin to burn. Non-greasy formulas are available for people with oily skin.
Pay Lip Service
To guard your lips from the sun, use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen. Squamous cell skin cancer is most aggressive when it strikes the lips.