Just because it’s after Labor Day…don’t pack away the Sun protection!
Summer may be officially over, the kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter. While you might be packing the beach towels away in favor of the Halloween decorations, now is not the time to stop the sun protection
September is still a hot month with strong UV rays, in Los Angeles we’re expecting temps around 100 this weekend!
Even after the temperatures drop and the sun isn’t’ blazing so high in the sky, it still emits those UV rays that damage your skin, so your sun protection needs to remain within reach.
In fact what many don’t know is sun exposure can be damaging even in the cold winter months. While UVB rays, )responsible for redness and burning), are weaker in the mornings, afternoons and non-summer months, UVA rays are at their full strength all day all year long, and they pass through glass!
UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB causing wrinkling and long-term damage which may not show up for many years
So keep your UV Protective clothing to hand, along with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sun screen.
Make sure the sunscreen has BROAD SPECTRUM protection and if your sunscreen has been boiling away in the glove box all summer, it’s time to chuck it away and replace it.
good reminder.. 1 of my coworkers got burnt last weekend while I was safe
Thank you for the reminder! It still feels like summer in southern CA for sure!
Informative post! I always use sunscreen everyday 🙂
Love this! Our grandson was burned by a water distiller 4 years ago. While much of the burned area is under his clothing, his left arm is not. These sleeves are a great idea and will be sharing this with my daughter.
The white shoes rule is the only fashion rule that has remained in force. Weird, when people are wearing army boots with evening gowns.
You’re absolutely right! I’m a Brit living in the US too:)
Sun screen is so important! A few years I started to use it every day and I’ve noticed a huge difference. My skin is healthier and my face has fewer blemishes and a my skin tone is hardly red anymore.
I like your informative blog. But I have to tell you that I think that I invented the first sunny sleeves. LOL, I used to drive back and forth from So Cal to Az all of the time. Crossing the desert on one occasion, I realized that I only had a short sleeved shirt on and nothing else in the car. My arms were getting burned. Back in those days of poor eating habits (especially while driving) I always had a ton of wadded up fast food paper bags in the car. I grabbed two of them and punched holes in the bottom and slipped them over my arms. Worked great, but all I kept think was that I hoped no cop stopped me or he would think that I was crazy for sure.
If you travel to tropical places with coral reefs be sure to buy coral safe sunscreen before you go because the oils in regular sunscreens wash off the people and suffocate the coral. Look for sunscreen that says it is biodegradable. You probably won’t find any among the major brands or at regular stores, but I found them online and at a local store that sells herbal remedies. The ones I found are mineral based, with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients. These are the exact ingredients recommended by dermatologists for skin cancer patients. It is a bit harder to rub these sunscreens into your skin when you first put them on, but they stay on better in water than oil based sunscreens so besides protecting the environment you also better protect yourself.
Great advice (especially for us Canadians who have the second highest skin cancer rate in the world after Australia)
Even in northern Canada, we need to protect our skin from the sun and its reflection off the snow. I wear sunblock everyday of the year.
Very thoughtful to remind us of the dangers of being in the sun. It’s February as I write this, and I would love to have a little ongoing sunny days. Yes, I will remember my sunscreen.