How to: Sunscreen Safely

We love taking the little ones everywhere from the sandbox to the sands of those steamy Bermuda beaches. That’s why we at Totsy understand how important it is to shield ourselves from the summer sun. Here are five common sunscreen myths and how you can bust them with ease. Happy sunbathing!

Misconception: Wearing foundation with SPF is enough.

Truth: Many women slather on their foundation in the morning believing the SPF count on the bottle. What they don’t know is that after just a few hours under regular temperatures, the effectiveness of their base coat against the sun’s harmful rays drop down to almost zero. So when you’re trudging through the park with the tots in tow during a July heat wave, don’t expect protection to last that long.

Quick Fix: Luckily, you won’t have to change much in your morning routine. Before applying your base coat, moisturize your face with a light SPF lotion. Companies like Olay and Shiseido make creams that won’t make your face feel like it has been slicked with oil.

Misconception: If I don’t see the sun, I won’t need sunscreen.

Truth: The FDA reports that “even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.” That means no matter how dreary the day, you should never ditch your protective gear, especially that bottle of sunscreen.

Quick Fix: Always leave sunscreen next to facial cleansers and your usual beauty products. This way, it’ll become a part of your daily routine.

Misconception: My skin is too sensitive for sunscreen.

Truth: Sensitive or not, don’t step outside before you apply. If your skin breaks out, you simply haven’t been buying the right sunscreen.

Quick Fix: If you’re breakout prone, use a mild or baby-approved lotion. Remember: don’t fall asleep before removing the sunscreen from your skin. Leftover lotion will clog pores overnight, so don’t be surprised if you wake up with a breakout reminiscent of your teen years!

Misconception: If I wear sunscreen with a high SPF, I won’t need to reapply throughout the day.

Truth: Even if you cover your body in a high SPF, water or sweat will wick the protection away after a few hours, essentially leaving you defenseless as you lie out on the sand. Just because you’ve been dropping an SPF 100 into your cart, you’re not much better off than those who choose a 30 or a 50. While a high SPF sunscreen blocks about 99 percent of UVB rays, lower SPFs block from 97 to 98 percent.

Quick Fix: Apply, apply, apply. It’s the only way to ensure proper protection.  It’s important to re-apply after you’ve been in the water – even if the sunscreen is labeled “waterproof”.

Misconception: But if I wear waterproof, I’ll be fine.

Truth: Don’t expect a waterproof block to stay put, either. According to the FDA, no sunscreen is fully waterproof. Some might be able to stave off the onslaught of sweat and waves for longer than non-waterproof sunscreens, but none will provide all-day protection.

Quick Fix: Stick with waterproof, but reapply every few hours. If you’re prone to losing yourself in a hot beach read or chasing after the kids, set an alarm on your cell to remind you to protect yourself.

Totsy Tips:

  • Seek out sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. We’ve all heard of the UVB rays that cause sunburns, but UVA rays cause skin to age prematurely. It’s the path to younger skin without plastic surgery, and all it takes is a run to the drugstore.
  • Be sure to cover your body from head to toe! In this month’s issue Fitness Magazine reported that the most common place melanoma occurs in women is their calves.
  • Make an appointment with your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. Better safe than sorry!
  • For kids: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in generous amounts and invest in a rimmed hat and shades with UV protection. Just make sure they dig their duds – we don’t want them to have to go through our painful fashion days on the playground.
  • Now it’s possible to wear protection against harmful UV rays on your sleeve -literally. With its stylish swimsuits, clothing, and accessories, Cabana Life makes it possible to cover yourself and your little one in 50+ UV protection from the minute you get dressed. Just don’t forget to cover exposed areas!

Look for Cabana Life and Cabana Life Kids gear on Totsy from June 9-14 at up to 80% off!

-Diana Denza

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