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Why your SPF isn’t just for summer??

Just because we are saying goodbye to summertime does not mean we take a break from our skin protection. I can’t tell you how many times clients adamantly say to  me “I don’t go in the sun that often, I don’t need to wear sunblock!”  Everyday we are exposed to harmful sun rays, not only in summer while laying on the beach or by the pool. Sunlight exposure occurs more often than you might think. While we are driving or sitting near windows you get the effects of harmful sun rays. Even on cloudy overcast days. Despite the cool breezes and scent of pumpkin spice Do Not forego your sun protection. 

SPF, or sun protection factor, isn’t just for the summertime – you should be using it all year long!

The number one thing every skin care specialist, dermatologist or esthetician will tell you is Make sure to be applying proper SPF protection! Everyday!  Even if you only get a few minutes of sun exposure, those minutes add up.  Running out to the mailbox, walking the dog or jumping in and out of the car while shopping or running your kids to activities are all opportunities for sun damage to take a toll on our skin.   In addition to all those examples, you also need to consider the blue light damage you get from devices such as phones, tablets and computers. UV rays are  emitted from tanning beds. Please do not ever use tanning beds! That tan will not look pretty when you are suffering with ugly brown spots and sagging skin or worse. We all have relatives with pieces of skin cut from them trying to ward off cancer.   Even fluorescent light such as light bulbs will cause skin damage. LED is the the best way to go. 

Your skin is your largest organ and needs to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays

Wearing SPF daily is crucial in protecting your skin against  UV and blue light damage.   UV light exposure causes hyperpigmentation, premature aging over time and the most important reason to protect your skin is skin cancer! The American Academy of Dermatology states that 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Regular daily use of SPF sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent. Speaking from an aesthetic point of view, SPF will prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles, sagging and hyperpigmentation or .  

Guys?! This applies to you too. Men are at risk just as much in feeling the effects of sun exposure. Take a couple extra minutes to protect your skin. You will be grateful to lessen your risk of skin cancer. As well as reduce premature aging. There are a multitude of men’s products available if you don’t want to share with your wife or girlfriend. Oh and don’t forget , Men need facials too! 

There are a number of different SPF products available, so find one that works best for you

When choosing an SPF that is right for you consult with a professional like Skin by Kindra. It is important to always choose a broad spectrum SPF that covers both UVA and UVB rays. Physical or mineral based SPF provide the best protection.  If your make up claims to have SPF its most likely not enough. However, there are so many reputable skin care lines that do provide the correct coverage. Skin by Kindra will tell you some of her favorites. 

Apply sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy or cold outside

Another question that arises regarding sun protection is “Where does sunblock fit into my skincare regimen? Do I apply moisturizer and serums before or after my sun protection? Your physical sun blocker should always be applied as a last step in your skincare routine. There are other skincare products that can be added in to aid in sun protection and offer antioxidant . Consult with your esthetician, Skin by Kindra to customize  products that are best for your skin type and lifestyle. 

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