Late Summer #ClarinsSun Giveaway
Labour Day may signal the end of summer vacation for most, but September and early October can offer beautifully warm sunny days that are ideal to enjoy outdoors. I have several friends who book their vacations for September because the temperatures are slightly cooler and the humidity levels much lower. In Canada, the leaves start to turn vibrant reds and oranges in mid-September so the views can be incredibly beautiful.
So if you are going to spend any time outdoors, be sure to pack your sunscreen. Dermatologists are now advising that we wear sun protection year round to prevent skin cancers and to slow the signs of aging thanks to UV damage. But it is a good idea to be extra careful when outdoors for any extended periods.
When purchasing a sunscreen, look for a formula that protects against UVA and UVB rays. You want a formula that is broadspectrum protecting you from both short and long UV rays. If it doesn’t say UVA/UVB on the package, put it back on the shelf. Don’t buy it. That is because SPF (sun protection factor) only protects you from UVB rays. SPF doesn’t protect against the longer UVA rays which can cause more damage to skin DNA. You only want to use broadspectrum sunscreens.
Now, I’ve found that SPF numbers often cause confusion and give people a false sense of security when it comes to protecting against UVB rays. You want to choose a sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50. A higher number than that does not mean double the protection. Here is what SPF protects you from:
SPF 15 blocks 93 % of UVB rays
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
Anything above a SPF 50 is marginally more protection. The key is to apply enough product to offer good protection. You want a good layer on your skin. You should use two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimetre of skin. Most people use a third of the product they really need. With sun damage accounting for over 85% of the signs of skin aging, using a good sunscreen is the very best anti-aging product you can use.
The Giveaway: I gave away this Late Summer #ClarinsSun set to one lucky reader. To enter, I asked readers to tell me in a blog post comment below what SPF number do they buy when they shop for sunscreen? Linda D told us and we drew her name from all entries. Congrats Linda!
Clarins is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com