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How to Practice Safe Sun – The Ultimate SPF Guide

How to Practice Safe Sun – The Ultimate SPF Guide

When we think of summer, sunny days with our toes in the sand or relaxing poolside are the first images that come to mind. While sunscreen is a must on those days and always top of mind, did you know that 90% of sun damage comes from unprotected daily exposure? 

Many people only use sunscreen on hot summer days or for sun-filled outdoor activities like going to the beach or pool. The reality is that daily UV exposure from bike riding, walking your dog, or driving in the car causes the most damage when skin is unprotected. 

Here’s a simple guide to choosing the best SPF to practice safe sun all the time. 

FACE

Your face is typically more sensitive than the rest of your body so choose a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen formulated specifically for your face. Facial sunscreens are less likely to cause breakouts, and tinted versions can offer a polished look while protecting your skin.

Untinted:

Mineral Creme SPF 50 delivers broad spectrum -protection and leaves an even matte finish for a natural look. It glides on silky-smooth, and won’t leave a white cast on your face, no matter your skin tone. Antioxidants Green Tea, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Extracts add extra protection from free radicals. 

Solar Stick SPF 40 is the perfect portable staple to have in your bag all the time. This lightweight formula is water-resistant up to 80 minutes and easily glides on for powerful protection on-the-go for the whole family - 6 months and older.  Apply on lips, cheeks, nose, face, ears, shoulders - anywhere the sun would hit. Available in natural or tinted

Tinted:

Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 blends flawlessly into all skin tones, giving your face a smooth, filter-like finish. This “light as air” formula is fragrance free, oil-free and 100% mineral derived. It makes a great makeup primer for daily use or can be used alone for a lightweight tint with full sun protection. 

MD Mineral BB Creme SPF 50 is the ultimate multi-tasking powerhouse with a weightless feel. It smoothes on with a matte, pore-blurring finish, and delivers anti-aging benefits with broad -spectrum protection.  Find your perfect shade. 

Derm tip:  Wear a hat when outdoors to help shield your face (but sunscreen is still essential!).  

BODY

All of your skin is exposed during daily activities even more than you realize.  Have you ever noticed that one of your arms gets burned or more tan than the other?  That’s because one arm is more exposed than when driving a car. SPF application is critical for every day, and all areas of your body, not just when hiking, biking or sitting in the sun. 

Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 is the ultimate broad-spectrum sunscreen for head to toe protection. This non-whitening lotion blends in easily and is a wonder for dry skin. A blend of ceramides and humectants locks in moisture while protecting with SPF 50. 

Quick Dry Body Spray SPF 40 is a super fast-drying, non-greasy and lightweight spray made without harmful ingredients to you or the earth.  Its unique 360-degree nozzle delivers a continuous and even mist to surround skin with broad-spectrum and water-resistant protection. 

Derm tip: Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outside, especially after swimming or sweating. 

Practicing safe sun should be be your life mantra - not just in the summer months - but all year round. It’s the best way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, sunburn, and signs of aging.  And remember, sunscreen is meant to protect all exposed skin - from your toes to your ears!