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Revitalize You! – Let’s Talk About Protection: Part Two

Recently, I was on vacation in Florida for three weeks. The average temperature in Florida during winter is 23 to 25 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. As a Canadian, the back-home temperature was in the negatives, so I enjoyed every moment there with outdoor activities, but didn’t want to get burned by the strong UV rays. I applied sunscreen everyday religiously so I wouldn’t get sunburnt. My skin got tanned, not burned.

We all know daily protection from UV rays is important. But the question is, what’s the correct way to apply sunscreen? How much we need in order to get proper protection from UV rays?

UV rays from the sun are strongest when sun is at its peak in the sky. This is between 10 am and 4 pm.  UV rays are strongest during spring and summer months. You might think it’s not necessary to apply sunscreen on cloudy days. The fact is the UV rays can penetrate through cloud, glasses, and windows, so even if you are sitting at home beside a window reading or enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine, the UV rays will still get you.

Here are some tips to help you apply sunscreen correctly:

*Apply sunscreen after your skin regimen.

*Wait for five minutes before applying makeup.

*Apply liberally to face, neck, chest or body at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

*The proper amount for your whole body is about four ounces.

*Reapply after swimming or excessive perspiration.

*As part of an effective age-fighting program, apply every morning throughout the year.

*If you can, find sunscreen containing vitamin C & E. Or, use a skin regimen with vitamin C & E   to help fight free radicals in the UV rays.

It is never too late to start integrating safe-sun practices for you and your loved ones. Skin is the largest organ in our body.  You can protect yourself from harmful UV rays by wearing a large hat, big sunglasses and SPF clothing to limit sun exposure, protecting yourself from skin cancer with your healthy lifestyle.

Remember- Relax, Regenerate, Revitaize.


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