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SummertimePOSTMemorial Day is almost here, and it is just another indication that in less than a month, summer will be here!  So, besides extra crunches at the gym…what else do you do to prepare for the stretch of summer heat?

Prepare your skin.

Two items that are a must; a daily moisturizer with SPF-15 (for the day) and Sunblock (for the day to play).

On the market, I feel that there are only a few daily moisturizers that have successfully blended moisture, SPF protection and healing into one tube (see below).  As far as Sunblock, stick with no less than 30-SPF, and choose your favorite!

SCIENCE NOTE!

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) numbers on a package can range from as low as 2 to as high as 60.  These numbers refer to the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s burning rays.

The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on unprotected skin.

Let us take for instance a fair-skinned person who would normally turn red after 10 minutes in the sun.  Ten minutes is their “initial burning time.”  If that person uses a sunscreen with SPF 2, it takes 20 minutes in the sun for that person’s skin to turn red.  Now, if that person uses a sunscreen with SPF 15, it multiplies the initial burning time by 15, so it takes 150 minutes, or 2 and a half hours, for that person’s skin to turn red.

Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are generally thought to provide useful protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Science note provided by: MedicineNet.com
Photo: by El Sol

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