Our founder, Alex Levine, shares her top five sun tips for ultimate sun safety.
1. Be Aware of your Surroundings — UV Rays reflect off of surfaces such as water, concrete or even wet grass. Reflectivity can significantly increase your UV exposure.
2. Wear Sunscreen with SPF 30 or Higher— SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 of higher blocks 97% of harmful UVB Rays, where as SPF 15 only blocks 93%.
3. Make Sure your Sunscreen has Broad Spectrum Protection — Sunscreens used to only protect against UVB, which only reaches the top layer of your skin. They did not offer protection from UVA, which has longer rays and penetrates deeper into skin.
4. Avoid Peak Sun Hour — The sun’s rays are typically the strongest between the hours of 10 AM- 4 PM. Try to avoid or minimize time spent outside during this time. If you have to be outside, try throwing on a wide brimmed sun hat or seek shade under a tree.
5. Don’t Forget to Reapply — Even Sunscreen with the highest levels of SPF lose their strength. It is important to remember to reapply regularly, especially when swimming.