You might think that these simple sunscreen tips for summer are super obvious, but each year many people worldwide, more men then women, are diagnosed with aggressive and avoidable skin cancer. Many of these men are our brothers, fathers, sons, or even us. While treatment rates are slowly increasing, the best way to avoid a skin cancer diagnosis is to avoid the risks of skin damage as much as possible. That means following these five cardinal rules to prevent excessive sun exposure. Few men need die of this disease, so be sure to share this article with your loved ones.
My ultimate favorite: Sisley Grand Ecran Solaire Sunscreen SPF 30, 40ml. When I was in India, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, in every climate and every temperture, it held perfect and vèry comfotable. Sisley Facial Suncare goes up to SPF 50, for more information on Sisley Suncare, click Tags. (Click photo to enlarge).
Tip 1: Always Use Sunscreen
Even if it’s cloudy outside. Even if it’s raining. Even if it’s cold or snowing. The damaging rays of the sun can effectively penetrate your skin so long as there’s daylight. That means you should be wearing an SPF of at least 15 every day if you want to prevent skin cancer from happening to you. While that sounds laboursome, the good news is that many men’s grooming products such as moisturizers actually contain SPF 15 in their formula. If your current moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen, switch to one that does.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defance For Face SPF 50, 50ml. Great! Perfect in èvery type of climate. Use it as a daycream, alone or in combination with a serum (Click photo to enlarge).
Tip 2: Always Reapply Sunscrean
Just because you apply sunscreen in the morning, does not mean you’re protected throughout the day. If you’re heading outdoors, always reapply sunscreen. Especially if you’re going to be near or in water, or snow!. The reflection of the sun’s rays on water and snow can exaggerate the effects of sun damage, so lather up often if you go fishing, swimming, skieing or just walking in the snow. The same can be said for less obvious situations. If you’re driving, for example, you may not realize that your arm is laying in the sun’s destructive path. Keep reapply as per the instructions on your sunscreen packaging, especially for proffecional drivers.
Clarins Solaire Anti Rides Visage SPF 30, 50ml. Great as ever! Use it instead of your daycream, with or without a (Double) Serum for the ultimate summer skincare. Perfect protection, vèry easy to use, good price!
Nyle DiMarco at the beach
Tip 3: Waterproof Versus Water Resistant
If you’re looking for true sun protection, water resistant formulas won’t carry much weight. These are not as hardy against water as the labeling might sound and are actually under investigation. The FDA is looking to remove the water resistant clause from sunscreen packaging as what constitutes as being resistant is a matter of personal opinion. When looking for reliable protection, a waterproof formula is currently your best bet but sadly that doesn’t guarantee the sunscreen won’t rub or wear off. Always keep reapplying!
Clinique Facial Suncare SPF 30, A true classic. Not only for the true Clinique fan! (Click photo to enlarge).
Tip 4: Look for Sunblock
The kids section in your local drugstore is the perfect place to find higher SPF value sunscreen protection and the coveted sunblock. Unlike the adult sections that push bronzers and self-tanners, (most off them) neither contain SPF, the kids section is home to dependable sun protection. A sunblock is a step up from sunscreen, which filters out damaging rays. If you are fair haired, spend time in direct sun or want to maintain a youthful and wrinkle free complexion then sunblock may be the answer. This blocks out most of the sun’s rays.
Perfect for in the pocket. In addition to sun protection, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick also brings moisturizing benefits, it soothes and smooth skin for up to 8 hours. The formula is water and perspiration resistant, free from oils, parabens, non-acnegenic, and non-sticky. A true must have!!
Nyle DiMarco at the beach
Tip 5: Stick with Classic Cream Formulas
While there are many fantastic spray formulas, these should only be applied indoors and with considerable caution. A traditional cream formula allows for deliberate application. You’re much less likely to miss a spot, which means you’re much less likely to cause irreversible sun damage. While traditional cream formulas can take a little longer to apply, they have come a long way from the thick gloppy mess you might remember your mom applying at an early age. This is your best bet if you’re serious about sun protection!
Sisley Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector Milky Body Mist SPF 30: Lightweight and yet seemingly immune to water, this camellia oil, mango and shea extract packed sunscreen keeps skin soft and hydrated, whilst reducing the effects of photo-ageing, wrinkles, brown spots, dehydration and loss of firmness, thanks to its high-tech, state of the art cellular protecting formula. It provides much needed protection against UVA and UVB rays during initial exposure to the sun. The product is ideal for those with fair or sun-intolerant skin, who require a high level of protection. It also features a brilliantly easy to dispense aerosol multi-dimensional spray bottle, and smells Lavender and Geranium. A luxuriously scented lotion, if money is no object then this is sunscreen at its most perfect and glamorous. (Click photo to enlarge).
Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Optimizer SPF 50: Perfect for skin that burns easily or tans gradually, this silky, non-greasy oil is unusual in that it combines the benefits of an ultra-high SPF, with a tan-boosting formula. Instantly absorbed, when on, you get a sun-kissed glow and a faster golden tan but with less skin damage. Top marks all round! (Click photo to enlarge).
Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30: Don’t forget to protect your locks in the sunshine if you’re prone to split dry ends. This clever multi-tasker can be used on both skin and hair to protect against the drying effects of the sun, salt and chlorine. A transparent, water-resistant dry oil – yet it doesn’t feel remotely greasy – protects against sun damage thanks to a skin-caring blend of sun filters and botanical extracts (Click photo to enlarge).
Nyle DiMarco at the beach
Do you have a sunscreen tip? Leave a comment below and help others avoid skin cancer!
by Jean Amr