Mischo Beauty Pick: Coppertone


So I'm turning this post over to Dr. Patricia Agin of the Coppertone Solar Research Center. To help protect against fall and winter sun damage, she recommends the following five suncare tips:

1. Protect your face: While arms and legs are generally covered during cool seasons, your face is one part of the body that can receive year-round sun exposure. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen and apply it to the face, neck and chest before leaving the house.

2. Don't forget the hands: If you aren't wearing gloves, the skin on your hands is just as susceptible to sun damage as the skin on your face. Smoothing on a sunscreen lotion daily may help moisturize dry skin and can help protect the skin from unintentional damage, helping to prevent premature skin aging.

3. You're never "above" damaging sun rays: Whether you are hiking up mountainous terrain or speeding down the slopes, the sun's rays become stronger as altitude increases. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UV exposure increases 8-10% for every 1,000 feet of elevation; therefore, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. Skiers are especially susceptable to "google burn" as the snow reflects 80% of UV rays.

4. Be sun smart: UV rays are present year-round, reflecting off water, concrete and sand. The sun is the strongest between the hours 10am and 4pm. Some after-school sports take place when UV rays are strongest, so whether you are playing on the field or watching from the bleachers, it's important to protect yourself from potential sun damage.

5. Make sunscreen a "family affair": Most parents understand the need to protect their children from the sun. According to the 2008 Coppertone "Sun IQ" survey, 82% of parent respondents agreed it is important that their children use sunscreen with an SPF above 30. Unfortunately, these parents are not practicing what they preach as 45% were not using sunscreen themselves. To encourage healthy sun habits for the whole family, keep a bottle in the bathrooom and next to the door for easy , on-the-go application.

My hope is that you learned something new today and that you are better informed when making decisions on sun protection.

 

2 comments:

MakeupByRenRen said...

thanks for this post...i keep urging my girlfriends to use sunscreen too!

November 12, 2008 at 12:41 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "MakeupByRenRen": Good for you! They'll thank you for it when they're older! ;)

November 17, 2008 at 5:23 PM

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