I can think of a nearly endless list of reasons why sunscreens should become our default makeup, not only for the adults but for the children too. I was surprised to find out that the eyelid area is a common site for skin cancers. It seems people are more likely to miss out certain areas of their face when applying sunscreen.
We just came from South Tyrol (Link) where we enjoy the sun and the pool at the wellness hotel and did a lot of outdoor activities. Despite that the sun was very strong reflecting from the snow in the mountains, I felt safe because we were using new products by the known Swiss brand Daylong. The new line consists of different products for the whole family: for face, body and lips, and various SPF factors. What is important, it’s perfume and preservatives free (for kids- Link) and extra water and sweat resistant (for adults – Link), and suitable for different skin types.
But you don’t need to travel to the south to feel the sun in action, and this is my main concern. So I couldn’t resist and summed up my thoughts on using sunscreens. Before publishing this article, I have reviewed my points with the Daylong medical department and here is my golden 10 DOs and DONTs for using sunscreen.
Don’t use too little – in the average-sized adult should apply more than a teaspoon of sunscreen for each body part. For the kids – around a teaspoon (Daylong for kids has a smart dosing system in their tubes).
Don`t forget to reapply – sunscreen needs repeat top-ups to give skin sufficient protection against UV rays. This also applies to sunscreens that claim to last all day and to be water-resistant.
Do use sunscreens – with an SPF of 30 or higher and with UVA protection.
Don`t miss high-risk areas – cancers occur most frequently on the lower eyelid, the scalp, neck, the backs of the knees, tops of the feet, sides of the face, hands, chest and underarms and lips (Daylong Sensitive Spray 30+ is specially designed for hairy parts of the skin).
Don’t rely on your SPF moisturisers – face creams or foundations with a sun protection factor SPF provide less sun protection than the equivalent strength sunscreen.
Don`t apply your sunscreen last – apply moisturiser first, then sunscreen afterwards followed by makeup if you choose (New Daylong Sensitive has SPF 50+ face moisturiser with a light-coverage tint).
Do wear sunglasses UV-protection – it’s a good way to protect the skin around the eyes and especially eyelids from the sun.
Do wear a hat – to protect your face and neck from the sun
Do replace your sunscreen often – check the “period-after-opening” of your sunscreen to see when you’ll need to restock your supplies. If the sunscreen is too old, its protection won’t be good.
Do recycle your sunscreens – Daylong just launched a new recycling system in Switzerland. Now you can dispose of your expired or empty sunscreen packages in participating pharmacy and drugstores in Switzerland which will be reused in producing new sunscreens.
For more information please visit Krebsliga Schweiz.
*This article was created in collaboration with Daylong. Image rights ©Family First & Elena Habicher.
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