Sunscreen 101- Elizabeth

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Posted: August 1, 2012

As much as men don’t like to admit it, their skin can be just as sensitive and sun damage-prone as women’s skin. Men often look at applying any variation of facial cream or lotion as feminine, but there is nothing feminine about applying a daily sunblock and preventing skin cancer and premature aging! Sunscreen isn’t just for fair men, either. Even men who tan easily, as well as African American and men of other ethnicities need to be wearing this life-protecting product. According to, the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.”

The steps in choosing the right sunscreen for men is simple, as long as you remember some important details:

  1. 1. Always make sure the sunscreen you are purchasing contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These ingredients act as physical blocks, as if you are holding a solid object between you and the sun.
  2. 2. Make sure the label says that the sunblock protects against BOTH UVA (aging UV rays) and UVB rays (burning UV rays). Just because you don’t actually get a sunburn does not mean that you haven’t soaked up some not-so-nice UVA rays, causing lines, hyperpigmentation, and dull complexion.
  3. 3. Choose an SPF 30 or higher, and try to find one that is labeled “water resistant.”

Correct application of sunblock is the most important part of sunscreen 101. Sunscreen should be applied 15 to 20 minutes before heading outside into the sun. If you are off to the beach or a picnic for the day, then whole body application is recommended, which is about the equivalent of a shotglass full of sunscreen. Men also need to pay special attention to spots such as ears and receding hairlines, that are often forgotten about. If you are somewhere you will be sweating or swimming, reapply EVERY 2 hours.

Men have many options when choosing a sunscreen, and different brands, textures, and SPF’s to choose from. Check out our store website for more information, and watch the video on properly applying sunscreen!

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