Just face it. Literally. It’s summer, so sunscreen should be taking a front-seat in your skincare regime. And while we’ve all been told that wearing sunscreen daily is essential to preventing premature aging, sun damage and skin cancer; the summer sun seems to make it a bit more urgent. So accordingly, we’ve planned this month’s Hero Product Selection, Kari Gran’s newly launched Three Sixty Five SPF 28, to drop just in time for your summer vacation. However, just as the name suggests, this broad-spectrum, natural sunscreen, is designed to be used 365 days a year – rain or shine. It’s more than just sun protection, it’s the newest accessory for “the little black dress of eco-skincare;” making it an absolute staple in your daily skincare routine.
Not only does it offer broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with non-nano zinc oxide, but it’s infused with other skin quenching essential oils like Red Raspberry, French Plum, Avocado and Jojoba seed. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to organic beeswax and is ultra-moisturizing due to Vitamin E from Sunflower. As I apply this hero for the sun, I can’t help but feel good about the long term benefits this natural sunscreen has on my skin. And so as the summer sun has you by the finger, I bring you my sun smart intel that will take you through the seasons…
It’s never too late to begin
Before you stop reading because you think “my skin is too far gone,” I want to relay my own sun struggle. Growing up in Hawaii during the 80’s, sun damage was not on our radar. It was all about getting our skin dark and our hair light – and the sun was our tool to do it. I don’t think I started wearing sun protection until well into my 20’s. I have a significant amount of permanent sun damage, and I’ve accepted that. But since seeing the effects of hyperpigmentation and how excessive sun leads to premature aging, I’ve been wearing a physical block daily. While I do have a fair amount of sun damage that can still be seen on a skin scope, I have prevented further damage and drastically reduced visible hyperpigmentation by wearing sun protection consistently. It’s all about getting my skin to be the best it can be right now, and it’s never too late for that.
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
We know we need to wear sun block everyday, but it’s helpful to know why. While it may seem pointless to wear sun protection on a cloudy day, nothing could be further from the truth. Clouds block the visible light of the sun, not its UV rays. And those white, puffy, cumulus clouds focus UV rays by reflecting them off their curved edges; making them even stronger. In addition, those beach days and ski trips also pose a heightened risk, because both sand and snow reflect UV rays; making it even easier to burn. Another critical example is the exposure you receive when driving in the car or reading a book by the window. Yes, glass filters UVB rays; but, the UVA rays that cause long-term sun damage do pass through. Just another example of how the sun finds its way into your everyday life.
It’s doesn’t matter what sunscreen I wear, as long as I put some on
There are two types of sun protection: physical vs. chemical. Physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin and uses zinc or titanium oxide to block UV rays. Since zinc is generally accepted as the safer of the two, here at Beauty Heroes, we only carry physical sun blocks using zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens with ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate and avobenzone filter only some UVA and UVB rays in varying degrees and can have adverse side effects and health effects.
I only need sunscreen on my face
Preventing hyperpigmentation and premature aging on the face is a given. But if you think long term, like I do, you’re sure to have already begun extending your sun protection to the neck and chest areas that are left exposed. But have you thought of your hands and feet as areas for everyday protection? These areas are just as vulnerable to sun damage as the rest of your skin. Make it a good habit to apply a generous swipe of protection on these critical areas before going out.
Summer days turn into nights…
eventually fading into fall. But if there is one thing I hope you take with you, it’s a safe-guard against the sun; making physical sun protection your skin staple year round… All 365 days.