4 Ways to Sneak in Sunblock
Robin Immerman Gruen
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When it comes to today’s sunblock choices, the sky is the limit in variety. But for most women, slathering on lotion every 90 minutes just isn’t practical, so how do you keep from getting burned? Here, Dr. Linda Franks, dermatologist at Gramercy Park Dermatology in New York City, shares some sneaky moves to keep you covered.
1. Wear it.
What if you could sport a cute top that also packed SPF? Thanks to new technology, you can. Shop online or at athletic apparel stores for clothing that is either labeled as “sun protection clothing” or is darker in color and tighter in weave, which will innately sneak in sunblock. “The easiest way to test if your clothing will serve as protection is to hold it up to the light; if you can see through it, then UV can penetrate through it to your skin,” explains Franks.
2. Dust, smack, slick it on.
From tinted moisturizer and foundation to lip gloss, blush and eye shadow, a wide array of cosmetics now contain SPF. Sneak in sunblock by keeping a stash of the basics in your tote or glove compartment of your car, and reapply as needed throughout the day to stay protected. Even if you prefer the au naturel look, a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 is an easy and effective way to keep sun damage at bay.
3. Accessorize it.
Baseball caps are not just for guys: A wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap will shield the sun from your face and scalp. Sunglasses are more than just fashionable; some block more than 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. And umbrellas keep more than rain away; pick a floral or printed one to protect from the sun too. “Keep these items in arms’ reach at all times. This way, when you go outside, it’s an automatic [impulse to bring them] along with you,” says Franks.
4. Shade it.
“Trees and buildings offer sun protection all around us, so whenever you have a choice, seek the shade,” suggests Franks. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so these are prime hours to pick a secluded, sans-sun area for sitting, eating or simply being. “If your shadow is shorter than you are, it means you are in the sun and need shade. Every minute that you can avoid the direct rays of the sun will help protect your skin.”
Robin Immerman Gruen is the former beauty director of Shape magazine and was previously on staff at Seventeen and Parents. Currently, she writes for several publications and websites, including American Way, Chicago Social, TotalBeauty.com, BeautyRiot.com, BeautyBlitz.com and GlossedAndFound.com
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