Summer is here and that means a lot of time spent outdoors and in the sun, so it’s important to remember to stay safe out there, especially for the kids. This means wearing a hat, finding shade and wearing sunscreen. You hear a lot about sunscreen and it can sometimes be confusing to know what is the right thing to do. So today I have a guest post about keeping the kids protected with sunscreen.
Guest Post: Tazeem Jamal – Clinical Esthetician and Skincare Coach
Welcome to the BLOCK Party! Fun in the Sun with your kids! No Silly! Not the kind of party with your neighbors….I mean the SPF kind of Block party
Let’s go back to the real basics of SPF. Please do NOT be fooled by the number on the bottle, it truly is very misleading! Sadly, I believe that the sun care industry is “pulling the visor over your eyes ” so to speak with SCARE tactics in the way they market their products. I hope I can open your eyes to some of these very misunderstood ideas, and eliminate that false sense of protection.
As parents we need clear facts about products we choose to use on our families! According to more Dermatologists and skincare professionals like myself, there really is nothing higher than a good mineral based SPF 50 (in my opinion, it would be an SPF 40) Read these numbers below and you will see why I say this. These stats come from the American Dermatology Association.
SPF 15 gives you 93% protection
SPF 30 gives you a 97% protection
SPF 50 gives you a 98% protection
As you can see there is almost no difference at all, even though you would assume by looking at the SPF numbers, that it would better protect your skin. You are better off using a Broad Spectrum (UVA & UVB protection) product and applying more often.
UVA rays are always present, rain or shine 365. You cannot always feel them, but they age the skin over time with continued exposure. UVB rays are out when the sun is shining, they cause burning.
Regardless of the color of your skin or where you were born, you NEED to wear SPF EVERYDAY, it’s just not negotiable! Unlike other cosmetics, sun care is critical to skin health. Let’s teach our children that good SPF is just a part of daily like eating, not something to indulge in when the sun shines !
Your sunscreen checklist:
1. Check expiry date, smell & texture of your sunscreen. If in doubt, toss it.
2. Do not leave your SPF in the heat, especially your car, as it breaks down the ingredients & then can cause more damage than good.
3. Whenever possible opt for ALL mineral based products, look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Avoid ingredients that end in –ate, -one, -ene. These chemicals play havoc not only with our skins, but have been known to mess with our immune systems.
4. Apply product at least 20-30 minutes BEFORE exposure to the sun.
5. Avoid spray-on sunscreen. Yes they are more convenient, but are not effective and are unhealthy for you due to the fact that you lose so much in the air and the particles that you inevitably inhale are unhealthy .
6. Also avoid SPF & Bug repellants combined, they have been proven to not work.
7. My SPF GOLDEN rule 1:2:30:30
*Apply 1oz of sunscreen per body application, only wait 2 hours in between applying, apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE sun exposure and a minimum of SPF30.
Tazeem Jamal, PMDT, LE, is a Clinical Esthetician & Skincare Coach. Her mission is to change the world one face at a time & she believes that you can have “glow-rious” skin without the use of injectables or surgery.
On a personal level, Tazeem married her childhood sweetheart & they have 2 beautiful teenage girls. Family & volunteering have been woven into the fabric of her life. Other than beauty & fashion, Tazeem loves writing, traveling, Feng Shui, dark chocolate, meeting new people, shoes & Betty Boop. You can find Tazeem at Skindulgence Spa, on FB and Twitter.