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Don’t Forget to Keep Wearing Sunscreen Every Day!

Now that fall is here, you’re probably thinking that you don’t need to wear sunscreen.  Did you know that you can still get harmful rays from the sun even on cloudy days? 

With more than a million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, everyone under the sun — from beach beauties to snow bunnies — must practice safe sun strategies and wear sunscreen year-round.

When it comes to staying safe from the sun’s rays, knowledge is power. Know the facts about how to protect your skin and you’ll be less likely to face wrinkles, brown spots, and skin cancer. For starters, good sun protection isn’t just about avoiding direct sunlight or hot summer sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds or is reflected off snow. Another surprising bit of info: Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean the sun can’t find you — window glass blocks the UVB light that causes sunburns, but cell-damaging UVA rays still penetrate. The bottom line: Sunscreen is a must, indoors or out, year-round, every day.

One quick tip when using sunscreen is to check the expiration date. The FDA requires that sunscreens remain effective for at least three years, so that’s how long you can expect yours to work at full strength. When in doubt, toss it out.

It’s also important to get annual skin checks with your dermatologist. And, if  you notice any changes in your moles or any new growths or lesions you must alert them as soon as possible. Caught early, most skin cancers are highly treatable.

Wearing sunscreen every day under any professional make-up is a must. Even though Smart Cover’s camouflage makeup has titanium dioxide in it’s formula, we still recommend to our customers to always apply sunscreen first.

We came across this informative article on wearing sunscreen from Artisan-57 Skin and Laser Center. They use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. (we couldn’t resist) as a way to remember using sunscreen as part of your daily skincare routine.

Click here to read more and learn how to stay SMART every day, every season!