Sunproof Yourself

5 Sizzling-Hot Health and Beauty Secrets for the Coolest Summer!

#2 >>> Sunproof Yourself!
Protect Skin from Harmful Rays

Playing in the sun too long can turn a fun time to misery—and even ruin a holiday! UV rays from sun can turn skin red and painful, or even blister and seriously burn. The sad fact is even if sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy, UV radiation is not your friend!

protect skinUV rays are the “burning rays” and are believed to be major contributing factors to solar-induced skin cancer. Bad burns in childhood can increase melanoma risk later in life. UVA radiation can damage collagen and elastin, the elastic material that keeps skin firm. The resulting photo-aging leads to premature sagging and wrinkling. Oh and need we add dark sun spots? Who wants those?

What to Know About Sun Care

At noon, when the sun is overhead, UV radiation levels are 10 times greater than three hours before (9 A.M.) or three hours after (3 P.M.).

  • An untanned person with fair skin can receive a mild sunburn in as little as 25 minutes at noon; at 3 P.M. the same person would have to stay in the sun for 2 hours to get the same level of exposure.
  • The sun’s rays get stronger as you get closer to the equator.
  • Altitude is also a factor: exposure to UV radiation can increase by as much as 4% every 1,000 feet above sea level, putting mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers at higher risk.
  • Most UV exposure occurs during everyday activities such as driving or walking
    to and from your car while running errands.
  • Skin cancer occurs most often on the areas of the body most frequently exposed: the top of the head (particularly for those who are bald or have thinning hair), the nose, the tops of the ears, and the left arm and left side of the face among Americans who drive a lot (this risk factor shifts to the right side of the body in countries where you drive on the left side of the road).
  • Some researchers theorize that the risk of getting age spots on the backs of your hands may correlate to the amount of time you spend driving with both hands on top of the steering wheel.
  • Another important note: even someone sitting in the shade may still be exposed to one-quarter or more of the total UV radiation present.
  • And up to 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate even dense cloud cover.
  • Using a tanning sunbed once a week from age 20 may double a person’s risk of skin cancer by the age of 45.
  • Sunbed use may also increase skin fragility, leading to easier bruising and blistering.
  • International researchers believe that cumulative exposure to even the low levels of UV radiation from indoor sources like fluorescent and halogen lights, may increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • This risk is even greater as companies switch to louvered office lighting designed to reduce glare on computer screens. These lights focus more light downwards — a person sitting directly under louvered fluorescent lights might be getting 10 times more radiation than the person at the next desk.
  • As scientists continue to evaluate the effects of cumulative UV exposure from all
    sources, researchers are also investigating the low-level UV radiation from other man made sources, such as computer screens.

Skin Care’s 3 Most Important Words!

suncreen3Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Take time to get slathered up with a proven all-natural sunblock that contains both UVA and UVB protection!

Sunscreens don’t give you license to stay in the sun forever and they are NOT cumulative! If you layer a 15 SPF moisturizer with a 15 SPF Sunscreen, it‘s still 15—not 30! Go with the 30 to start with!

Tan-safelyOur family just returned from our annual trip to Mexico! We LOVE it there at our time share! It’s our chill-out-do-nothing-but-swim-and-have-a-fun-time … for a whole week! We disconnect and relax 24/7! However, we’ve learned that it pays to get slow exposure to the sun, building up our tans slowly {patience required!!!} using full sun protection EVEN IN THE SHADE and covering bare skin to provide some sun relief!

More Precautions to Consider

  • Avoid exposure between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. when the sun is most intense.
  • Count time spent in the water or out on hazy days as time in the sun.
  • Water lets nearly all UV rays through, and even on cloudy days nearly 80% of the sun’s rays can reach you.
  • Don’t depend on clothing or shade for protection. Wet and light-colored clothing offer little or no UV protection.
  • Also remember that light reflects: sitting under a beach umbrella can create the same UV exposure as direct sun.

Apply a layer of protective sunscreen before going in the sun and reapply at regular intervals—and always after being in water EVEN if it “says” it’s water resistant. Don’t chance it. Apply liberally even on cloudy days since the UV rays can penetrate. Be sure to rub the residue on your hands and through your hair too. {Hair needs UV protection too}. Pick your sunscreen product with “health” in mind. Choose a trusted brand name.

This is What We Use and Recommend

Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body  It is designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. This patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving any sticky residue. Soothing and moisturizing, it does not irritate the skin. Triple-patented Vital-Repair+® Complex contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals.

The formula offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and adds an extra defense against premature skin aging.

sunprotectionIf used as directed with the following sun protection measures, Enfuselle SPF 30 decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun:

  • Apply generously 15 minutes BEFORE sun exposure
  • Apply to ALL skin exposed to the sun
  • reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating
  • Reapply immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours
  • Children under age of 6 months of age: ask doctor

Soothing Lip Care

Drenched with vitamins C and E, Cocoa Seed and Shea Butter, this nourishing Enfuselle Lip Treatment softens vulnerable summer lips, while the SPF 15 provides UV protection. It smooths vertical dryness lines and prevents peeling and chapping.

  • Always apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating
  • Apply immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours.

Sunproof yourself!  Wear a hat, seek out sun relief in a shady spot AND think of these two products as your secret weapons against sun damage.

Don’t leave home without them!

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