The Beach Isn’t The Only Time You Need Sunscreen

By on February 10, 2020

Many people think of sunscreen only when they go to the beach. But the beach definitely isn’t the only place women over 50 need protection from the sun. Every time we’re outside while the UV Index is over 3, we face some risk. If your daily activities involve prolonged exposure to the sun, getting a high-quality sunscreen is vital. Getting Vitamin D is essential for so many reasons, but at what long term risk? 

A very simple way to protect the body from the sun while enjoying the benefits of sun exposure is the use of sunscreen. They are most typically used at the beach but they are ideal for everyday use. One time a child who could smell the sunscreen I was wearing said that I smelled like the beach! Many facial creams contain an SPF but with our daily activities, outdoor sports, etc. we should be using sunscreen.

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There are different types of sunscreens and they are made of various ingredients. Certain sunscreens do a better job of protecting our skin in different conditions or environments. There are new health concerns about some types of sunscreens available. LivingBetter50 looks into the best sunscreen for your needs.

Sunscreen Safety

There have been many recent reports that the FDA has found that several types of sunscreens (all of them chemical sunscreens) are absorbed into the skin in ways that may be potentially harmful. The study, published in JAMA, found evidence of sunscreens in users’ blood several days after application. The rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it on your skin! Our skin is porous and soaks these chemicals in.

Best Sunscreen For Various Skin Conditions

Sunscreens are meant to protect the skin from the sun. But some women over 50 may have allergic or other reactions to the sunscreen because of their specific skin condition. Sunscreens should not cause skin conditions to worsen. Here are some of the various skin conditions and some sunscreen suggestions for which would be best for them.

Non-Oily Sunscreen

Use an oily product over oily skin and you’ll end up with a breakout, For this reason, many people who have oily skin avoid putting sunscreen on. Source a product that has transparent zinc oxide and octinoxate as active ingredients. The sunscreen will then act both a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen. It will protect against both UVA and UVB rays without resulting in a whitish cast on the face, making it ideal for everyday use.

Adult Acne Sufferers

Acne-prone skin is also similar to oily skin. They easily break out when irritated. Products that are too oily or even too much exposure to UV rays can irritate your skin This subscreen turns into a water-like texture when on the skin providing a cooling effect while providing protection from the sun. Find a fast-absorbing product that can be used on both your face and body. This product contains active chemical sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone.

Dry Skin Moisturizer and Sunscreen

For those with dry skin, it is best to look for something that already includes moisturizing ingredients. The sun already draws the moisture from your skin so if you spend a lot of time in the sun, a moisturizing sunscreen will at best replenish some of the moisture loss. In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, this product will hydrate the skin at the same time.

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A sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide and octinoxate will effectively provide broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s rays. It may also contain antioxidants to help fight the free radicals associated with exposure to infrared and UV radiation. Hyaluronic acid helps in the moisture retention of your skin while helping obtain smoother and softer skin. When the skin has adequate moisture, it is also less likely to develop wrinkles so this is also a good anti-aging product.

For many women over 50 looking to reduce the amount of aging that is evident on their skin, wearing sunscreen every day is paramount. Find a product that doesn’t interfere with your other skincare products. With the correct products, you will receive greater protection while you enjoy the outdoors!

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The Beach Isn’t The Only Time You Need Sunscreen