A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that a majority of American adults do not regularly wear sunscreen. According to the data, less than 30 percent of women and about 14 percent of men regularly apply sunscreen to their face and exposed skin before heading outdoors, and about 42 percent of women and 18 percent of men regularly apply sunscreen to their face only.
Though the study didn’t address why Americans are so lax about applying sun protection, it’s easy to theorize. It can often be difficult to remember an extra step to your routine, especially if you don’t think you need it. But even driving in your car to work or walking outside to the mailbox exposes your skin to dangerous UV rays. Worse yet, with an estimated one in five Americans expected to develop skin cancer in their lifetime, keeping your skin safe at all times has become especially crucial.
So, what can you do to help encourage yourself to wear sunscreen every day - and not just on your face? Here are some ideas to help keep this healthy habit going.
The sunscreen we wear at the pool or beach is thick and rich because it’s designed to withstand movement, sweat and water. It can also leave your skin coated in white streaks - not a good look for the office. But that doesn’t mean that you get a free pass from wearing sunscreen on work days. The good news is that there are many formulas of sunscreen that don’t feel like you’re covering yourself in glue. In fact, many body lotions now contain SPF, so you can get your daily doses and soften your skin at the same time!
Make It Up!
Many brands of cosmetics now contain SPF as part of their regular formula. From foundations to blushes, lipsticks to eyeshadows, you can get an extra dose of SPF when you apply your makeup. Just remember, unless it evenly coats your entire face, it’s not adequate full-coverage protection, so make sure you’re either wearing an SPF foundation or CC cream, or you are wearing an SPF cream or lotion underneath your makeup
We all want healthy, vibrant-looking skin, and we can get it with anti-aging products like Zo Medical’s Oclipse Daily Sheer SPF 50 or Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. These products help protect your skin from the sun’s dangerous rays while simultaneously improving the tone and texture of your skin.
Set a Timer
Gone are the days when we used to have to read a tiny newsprint manual to figure out how to program our digital watch give us reminders. Today you’d be hard-pressed to find a smartphone that doesn’t have an alarm clock feature. So get your money’s worth from your phone and use that timer to remind yourself to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or as instructed by the label of your favorite brand. You can even add a message to the alarm that says, "Reapply Sunscreen!" just in case you forget why your alarm is chiming.
Wear SPF Clothing
If you just can’t be bothered to wear SPF on your hands when you drive to work, consider investing in a pair of driving gloves. In addition to protecting you from the sun and making you look pretty cool, driving gloves also improve your grip on the steering wheel, extend the life of your steering wheel by protecting the leather or vinyl from the oils in your skin, and even reduce hand fatigue on long road trips.
Other SPF clothing includes long-sleeved shirts, pants and wide-rim hats to protect your ears. Another crucial SPF accessory? Sunglasses - but make sure you only buy lenses that offer 100 percent UV protection. Remember, when it comes to sunglasses not only do the lenses protect the delicate tissue of your eyeballs, but also the bigger the lens, the more of the skin surrounding the eye your lenses can protect, too. This can help prevent fine lines, crepey skin and those pesky crows feet that can develop from squinting at the sun.
Whether you’re ready to treat existing sun damage, you have questions about protecting your skin from the sun, or if you’d like to speak to someone about the full line of Zo Medical products available, please give Dr. Ryan Mitchell’s office a call at 702-376-3095.