Learn the tricks for smart sun protection.
You've read enough beauty stories by now that you wouldn't dream of leaving the house without sunscreen. But this is your first summer with Baby, so protection is particularly important. Use the hints here; you'll have it made in the shade even when you're out and about.
Read the Label
The FDA recently set new rules for the wording on sunscreen labels to make clearer the protection you can expect. The term "broad spectrum" now appears on sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays -- that's the kind you want. A sunscreen can no longer be advertised as waterproof. It will be labeled "water-resistant" instead, since you have to reapply it, especially after a long swim. Any sunscreen with an SPF of less than 15 must state that it doesn't protect against skin cancer. Our advice? Leave it on the shelf!
Choose the Right Sunscreen for Your Face
Relying on a formula designed to use above your neck makes sense: The lighter texture blends well with any makeup you apply on top, and it's easy to find one that helps with your complexion quirks.
Won't Bring on Breakouts
Coppertone Oil Free Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Fights Aging with Antioxidants
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 30
So Handy for Doing Touch-ups
CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50
Evens Out Spots with a Hint of Tint
Supergoop! SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream
Use a Natural Wonder
Good news for moms concerned about chemicals: Recent studies show you get better protection from mineral sunscreens, those that protect with zinc and titanium dioxide, such as these:
Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Natural Sunscreen ($12; YesToCarrots.com) has aloe vera to relieve and invigorate skin while protecting it from rays.
MD SolarSciences Mineral Créme SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB ($30; MDSolarSciences.com) glides on like silk and dries to a sheer, matte finish. No pasty residue!
Gentle, fragrance-free Mustela Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Lotion ($22; drugstores)
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Ace Your Application
The best way to apply sunscreen? In the buff! UV rays are powerful enough to penetrate a cotton tee, so it's important to put it all over your body, not just on the skin that will be exposed, Mona Gohara, M.D., says. Don't forget often-missed areas like the ears, eyelids, lips, scalp, and the tops of feet. Reapply to exposed skin every two hours and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. And if you want clothes that do provide SPF protection, check out Mott 50 (Mott50.com) and Solumbra (Solumbra.com). Wearing a wide-brimmed hat (WallarooHats .com sells cute ones) is also wise. In addition to protecting your face, you'll be shielding your hair from damage -- and looking glam too!
How to Apply Sunscreen to Your Baby
Back at home after a dip, slather a cooling moisturizer onto parched skin.
Reboot your body! Sun Bum Cool Down Continuous Spray Aloe Vera ($12; TrustTheBum.com) spritzes at any angle so you can get those hard-to-reach places.
Refresh your face! Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream ($8; drugstores) feels sublimely light but packs a hefty dose of hydration.
Don't Skip the Shades!
Nab these fun frames.
1. Sunglass Warehouse Cat Eye Style sunglasses ($15; SunglassWarehouse.com)
2. Xhilaration Sunglasses in Mint Gelato ($13; Target.com)
3. Daisy Fuentes for Kohl's Round Metal Detail sunglasses ($30; Kohls.com)
Originally published in the June 2013 issue of American Baby magazine.
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