Sunscreen on Your Shoulders Makes Us Happy

sunblock faceOne of the most quoted pieces of advice in recent American history came from an essay by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, which immediately became so popular, that it was even turned into a dance song:

“Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.”

Even though Smart Cover gives you extra protection because our coverage is so opaque, we always recommend that you apply suncreen under our concealers. Since we are passionate about helping you to look and feel your best, we wanted to offer you some tips for purchasing sunscreen.

Opt for products that specifically say “broad-spectrum UV coverage” on the label (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
Look for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) or the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

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.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, and be diligent about reapplying every two hours and always after swimming or “sweaty” activities.

Use a shot glass as your guide — it takes a full ounce of sunscreen to adequately cover the exposed areas of your whole body, says the AAD.

Don’t forget your neck, ears, nose, hands, and toes, as well as the backs of your arms and legs.
Love your lips by protecting them with a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun is at its strongest.
Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses as an added layer of defense.
Schedule a yearly screening with your dermatologist and alert them ASAP if you notice any changes in your moles or any new growths or lesions. Caught early, most skin cancers are highly treatable.

And, if you want to “go for the faux,” Smart Cover offers our Suntan Essentials Kit. It’ll give you a tanned look without the harmful rays of the sun.

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!