...stay safe in the sun
TERMS OF SUN PROTECTION factor (SPF), go big! In recent years, the expert-advised minimum SPF has shot up from 15 to 30. “SPF 30 is good, but if you’re exposed to significant sunshine, you should really have more on than that,” says Dr. Martin Josso, director of L’Oréal Suncare. Whether you prefer the glide of a stick, the creaminess of a lotion or the ease of a spray, the best sunscreen for you is one that you’re actually going to use. It should also boast broadspectrum protection, meaning that it guards skin against UVB rays (responsible for sunburns) and UVA rays (the culprit behind premature aging and skin cancer).
Even the heftiest SPF can’t do its job if applied poorly. “If SPF is measured according to the standard procedure, an SPF 30 will provide 30 times more protection [from sun] than bare skin,” says Dr. Josso, “but in practice, we know that’s not the case. People use a lot less than the amount used in standardized testing, which is two millimetres per square centimetre. Usage per person varies, but the average is less than half.”
DO SWEAT IT
Is there a chance of moisture in your day? You’ll need sun protection that goes with the flow. “We found that if you apply regular sunscreen to skin that is wet, either due to water or perspiration, its efficacy will decrease dramatically,” says Dr. Josso. Look for products that are targeted at an active lifestyle.
Dr. Josso helped develop Vichy Idéal Capital Soleil Sport, an innovative formula that can easily be applied to wet or dry skin and – hooray! – won’t leave telltale white streaks behind. For all sun care, reapplying every two hours is a smart move for maximum efficacy.
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