Now that summer is here, there's one thing I do not leave home with out: SUNSCREEN!!! In this post I'll be discussing why sunscreen is important, what is SPF, and things I use to protect my skin from the rays of the sun. I'm African American and because my skin tone is brown, I didn't think I had to wear sunscreen. I was wrong because, in the summer I thought had bouts of dry skin. It wasn't dry skin; my skin was peeling due to sunburn. So sunscreen became an essential for me.
Sunscreen is also known as sunblock. Sunscreen can be applied in different forms such as: lotions, gels, foams, spays, or sticks. Sunscreen reflects the sun's UV rays (ultraviolet rays) and helps protect your skin from sunburn. Ultraviolet rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that is present in sunlight. Frequent exposure to UV rays is what causes sunburn and consequently contributes to skin cancer. Sunscreen can slow down the appearance of dark spots, sagging skin and wrinkles. So if you are going for a stroll on the beach on a hot summer day protect yourself with sunscreen.
SPF stands for (Sun Protection Factor). It's the measurement of the amount of time a sunscreen will protect you from UV rays. So some products will show SPF15 or SPF50 on the label. Here's how you calculate how long it will protect your skin: If you tend to burn after 30 minutes of exposure to the sun then you multiply 30 times 15. That is 450 minutes. Then divide 450 by 60. That gives you about 7.5 hours of protection while in the sun. Most sunscreens wear off due to other elements or just not applying enough. So you really should reapply more sunscreen every two hours if you plan to be out in the sun for long periods of time.
Here are some inexpensive products I use year round but is also great for sun exposure:
1. Mary Kay Sun care Sunscreen SPF50
This sunscreen provides a very high level of sun protection for intense outdoor exposure, such as during outdoor recreational activities like goin to the beach. It also helps prevent sunburn, reduces the risk of skin cancer and reduces the risk of premature skin aging when used regularly, as directed and in combination with other sun protection measures. It is lightweight, oil-free for both the face or body. Get this; it is also water-resistant and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized. To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/products/body-and-sun/concern/sun/mary-kay-sun-care-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-50-10054250
2. Mary Kay Foundation Primer SPF 15
This product is one of my favorites because, I use it under my makeup or without makeup. It has two-in-one benefits. Mary Kay foundation primer sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 15 acts as an invisible buffer that not only fills in imperfections, but also acts like a magnet to give your foundation real staying power. I apply it after my moisturizer. It is lightweight and glides on effortlessly. It dries quickly and is formulated to diffuse light which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Plus, this formula is not only oil-free, but it also contains an ingredient that absorbs excess oil as an added bonus. This is a plus for me because, I have oily/combination skin. Most of all it provides a layer of broad-spectrum SPF15 for full sun protection! To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/products/all/mary-kay-foundation-primer-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-15-110601
3. Mary Kay CC Cream
Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 also known as a complexion corrector acts like makeup to instantly correct complexion imperfections while formulated like skin care to help nurture skin's beauty tomorrow. It delivers eight benefits in one step: protects, brightens, corrects, minimizes redness, conceals, hydrates, reduces visible signs of aging and defends. So if you don't have lots of time in the morning for makeup, MK CC Cream is quick and easy. To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/search?searchTerm=cc%20cream