This summer, you’re probably on a mission to make the most of every minute of daylight. Maybe you hit the trails first for a hike and spend your evenings on the water in a kayak. Or, you fill weekend afternoons with scenic bike rides. And you know that just like staying hydrated, sunscreen is a necessity for any outdoor activity. High SPF formulas that are impact-resistant and easy to apply and reapply should be part of your UV-fighting arsenal this season. Before heading out on your next adventure, check out our guide to protecting your skin. And find the right choice among australian gold– no matter how much sweat, surf and sun (and how little shade) is involved.
Select an SPF formula that works for you and your active lifestyle.
Sunscreen falls into two broad categories: mineral and chemical. “The main difference is in the active ingredients and how they protect against UV rays,” explains Dr Michele Green, MD, a New York-based cosmetic dermatologist. Mineral sunscreens are made up of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both. These minerals sit on the surface of the skin to physically block UV rays. Chemical sunscreens contain chemical filters such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, homosalate and octinoxate, which penetrate your skin and absorb the rays like a sponge before they can damage the skin. skin. “Both types are effective in protecting the skin from the sun,” says Dr. Green; the best type for you is the one you’re most likely to apply to often – and may depend on the adventure you’ve planned.
Mineral formulations are known to be sweet-same around the eyes. It’s a smart move to prevent sunscreen from stinging your eyes when running or swimming. Another benefit of 100% mineral sunscreens, especially for those who enjoy snorkeling or surfing, is that they don’t contain chemicals that can be harmful to coral reefs. (To swim with confidence, look for sunscreens that meet Hawaii Reef Compliance Law 104legislation intended to protect reefs.)
Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Mineral Lotion is an eco-friendly formula that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It applies smoothly without leaving a greasy residue. The formula is also good for your skin, with antioxidant-rich botanicals like red algae and kakadu plum that fight skin-damaging free radicals.
Mineral lotions are generally whiter and thicker than chemical formulas, making it easy to see that every inch of your skin is covered. Chemical sunscreens often come in spray form, which is handy when you’re on the go and want to quickly apply sunscreen. Australian Gold Continuous Spray SPF 30 Sunscreen is ideal for quick re-application mid-hike or bike ride as it has a quick-drying, sweat- and water-resistant formula (up to 80 minutes). An additional bonus? It contains plant-based oils and butters to moisturize the skin and antibacterial and odor-fighting tea tree oil.
When shopping for sunscreen, keep in mind that “the higher the SPF, the more UV exposure your skin can withstand before getting burned,” says Dr. Green. No matter what type of formula you choose, make sure it is SPF 30 or higher.
Don’t forget to reapply.
Putting on sunscreen isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. If you are going to be in the sun, you will need to reapply. Dr. Green recommends doing this every 90 minutes, or right after excessive sweating, swimming, or other water exposure (yes, even if you’re wearing a water-resistant formula). If your skin is damp, be sure to pat dry before applying so your sunscreen doesn’t bead or slide off. Don’t skip delicate but often overlooked areas, such as the scalp, eyelids, ears, hands and tops of the feet.
And since sunscreen isn’t always a priority – it can be easy to forget to reapply some when you’re caught up in an intense volleyball game – set an alarm on your phone before the fun begins to remind you to stop and brush yourself.
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Set a smart schedule.
Whether you’re hitting the beach, lake, or trail, getting out early in the day has several benefits, including fewer people, cooler temperatures, and lower UV rays. Dr. Green points out that the sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and suggests planning activities accordingly. “If you like hiking, swimming or fishing, for example, try to do it early in the morning or later in the afternoon,” she says, stressing that sunscreen should always be worn during the hours. hollow.
Practice water safety.
UV rays bounce off water and can affect skin more intensely, warns Dr. Green. This means you’ll need to double down on your defenses if water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding are your thing. Combine a wide brimmed hat with a high SPF sunscreen like Australian Gold Herbal Face Lotion SPF 50 which is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It comes in a small tube that is easy to store in a travel bag. And it contains natural ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil to keep dry, sensitive skin hydrated and soothed. The formula is also fragrance-free.
For maximum protection, Dr. Green suggests waiting 15 minutes after putting it on before taking the plunge.
Match SPF to UPF.
Along with sunscreen, Dr. Green suggests wearing sun-protective clothing, especially if you’re going out during peak hours or can’t reapply in time. Look for labels that mention UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is the clothing equivalent of SPF. As with sunscreen, she says, “look for a rating of 30 or higher for adequate protection.”
From moisture-wicking tops to rash tops and running shorts, there’s no shortage of functional UPF gear to add to your wardrobe.