The Importance of Sun Protection

By on August 26, 2016
Sun Protection

The sun’s warm and brilliant rays lure us to the beach, pool, hiking in the mountains, picnics and more. We know, however, that the sun can be damaging and even dangerous to our skin, with the midday hours being the most hazardous for ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure outdoors. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer.

Protection from UV rays, however, is important every day, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays can be equally dangerous on hazy, cloudy days, and on bright, sunny days. UV rays can reflect off of water, cement, sand, snow, and other surfaces. Even indoor tanning creates exposure to UV radiation. Protection from sun damage remains an important part of skin care, even as we move into Autumn and Winter.

We may think that we know all of the rules to protect ourselves. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) makes several recommendations with which we’re quite familiar.

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  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours
  • Keep arms and legs covered as much as possible
  • Wear a wide brim hat to shade face, head, ears, and neck
  • Wear sunscreen on exposed skin
  • Avoid indoor tanning

It is so important, especially from an age management standpoint, to protect skin from the sun, but we tend to forget that sun protection is not just for the pool and beach. Most of us know someone over 40 who’s had something cancerous or pre-cancerous removed from their body. Both from a health and an age management perspective, sun protection must be part of our daily routine.

There are some simple things that most of us forget. Think about the back of your hands when you’re driving. Our hands show age more than almost any other part of the body. We care for the face and neck but forget about hands. Some people drive up to an hour to and from work daily … with hands on the wheel in the sun, exposed every single day. For this purpose, I like to use a fine mist sunscreen that is controlled, not a rub or an aerosol. Apply to the back of your hands before you get behind the wheel.

I love non-aerosol sunscreen. It’s easy to throw in your purse or keep in the glove compartment or console. I have used the natural mineral spray because I like the convenience and control of a spray.

We think about our neck and décolletage, but the back of the neck is almost always exposed. No matter where you live, we all like to eat outside. Dining at outdoor restaurants, having cocktails in the open air … these are things we all enjoy when warm weather calls, so remember your sun protection. We happen to have an easy-to-use spray in the Peak 10 Skin line of products … perfect for neck and décolletage! Many women use moisturizers for these areas, but forget to use sunscreen unless they are at the beach or on vacation. These areas, which are among the first areas that show signs of aging, can be very vulnerable any time you’re outdoors.

Using makeup with sunscreen is a good idea. You can also put a layer of fine mist (non-aerosol) sunscreen OVER makeup.

Sunscreen spray (SPF 29), natural mineral sunscreen (SPF 30), and color correcting cream (SPF 30). Get products that are safe for sensitive skin with sunscreen that creates a barrier and does not penetrate the skin so it is won’t irritate the way other products can. The natural mineral sunscreen is a cream in a tube, which works on UVB and short UVA rays.

Make sun protection a part of your skin care regimen every day. Remember to protect the parts of your body that often get overlooked, like hands and the back of the neck, and remember to reapply frequently.

Enjoy beautiful, healthy skin for the “peak of your life”! Remember…skin care is health care!

Connie Elder is one of today’s key innovators in lifestyle products. Her brands have garnered loyal customers worldwide. A graduate of Nashville’s prestigious Belmont University, Connie has over twenty years of experience in various specialties within the medical sales industry. Connie has held consulting positions with two international skin care companies. She has a passion for skin care, and has immersed herself in the details of raw goods cost, raw goods features, and benefits, and has studied products under some of the top French Canadian estheticians. Connie has become an authority on the science behind active ingredients that work for cleansing, moisturizing and age management. For more on Connie Elder and great products for your skin.

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The Importance of Sun Protection