Summer is upon us, and the draw of the outdoors calls to us. On occasion we might run into that big stranger in the sky (being from the Pacific Northwest, that stranger is also known as the sun), and enjoy some of those health benefits we’ve been deprived of for the past six months. Of course, along with that can come the sting of your first sunburn. Luckily you have me here to guide you in the right direction to avoid that proverbial slap on the wrist from Mother Nature for enjoying all the sunshine you can get. Where am I going with this? Toward our sunscreen section, where we’ve collected an array of healthy, wholesome sun protection to let you enjoy all ten days of sun we get this Summer! Ok, I kid. All eleven.
When shopping for sunscreen consider your skin type and sensitivity level to the sun. Be sure to find products that contain broad spectrum protection, blocking out UVA and UVB rays. Skin care specialists have agreed that using a minimum of 15 spf is an ideal place to start, as it blocks about 93-95% of UVA and UVB rays. Jumping up to a 30 spf will slightly increase your protection to around 97%. While there are some spfs that go upwards of 60 spf (which blocks about 99%), going much higher won’t block all that much more. Keep in mind, spf numbers are based on how long you can stay in the sun. For example, if you burn in 15 minutes, wearing an spf of 30 will, in theory, allow you to stay in the sun 30 times longer. Equally as important as the spf level is how MUCH sunscreen you apply. Many of us don’t apply adequate amounts. Use about an ounce of sunscreen (roughly the size of a shot glass) and apply generously.