I adore the fall! The weather turns cooler and wetter. The trees begin to put on a color show. The harsh glare of summer sun gets replaced with soft diffused yellow light. The sun gets up later and goes to bed earlier which encourages me to do the same. The extra rest will help me thrive during the hectic winter holiday season.
Given the reduced intensity and duration of daily sunlight, you might be tempted to carve off a few minutes of your daily routine by skipping application of sunscreen. Don’t give into this temptation! The danger of sunburn definitely decreases this time of year due to waning levels of UVB (B for burn) light. However, UVA light levels remain the same year round and can penetrate through clouds and glass. Both spectrum of light contribute to the formation of skin cancer.
Incidental sun exposure accumulates over time and has been linked to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer and also contributes to basal cell carcinoma (BCC). BCC is not deadly but it isn’t pretty either! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.” So what is “incidental sun exposure”? This exposure happens every time you go outside during the day such as walking from your house to your car parked outside. Think about all the times during the day that you go outside. It adds up over time!
So keep slathering on the sunscreen on all exposed skin on your body and continue to wear your sunglasses during daylight hours to reduce the risk of cataracts.
How to select a sunscreen
Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more. Broad spectrum means the sunscreen offers protection from both UVA and UVB light. You have many sunscreens available from which to choose. I have personally used the the following products and found them effective and comfortable (in alphabetical order):
- Clinique Super City Block™ Oil-free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40 – This product combines two mineral sunscreen ingredients and antioxidants. It provides light diffusion which makes your skin look amazing!
- Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – This product combines 5 active sunscreen ingredients with 2 antioxidants, Acai berry extract and vitamin E. It can be used on the body and the face.
If you have a Mary Kay consultant and you’d like to purchase product #2, please contact your consultant. Otherwise feel free to contact me or use the links above to purchase online. I have no affiliation with Clinique.