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Great Sunscreen Article – Hooray! August 27, 2010

(Though I know that summer is coming to an end I thought it would be useful to highlight this article about sunscreen as a reminder that you need to use your sunscreen year round.)

Recently I read More magazine, a fashion/lifestyle magazine geared toward women who are 40+, for the second time.   The tagline of More is: “For women of style & substance”, and I have to say that the magazine lives up its motto.  While I have yet to reach the age demographic the magazine is geared toward (though I am fast approaching it), I enjoy reading the articles in the magazine and really like the fashion advice.  While reading the June issue of the magazine I came across an excellent article about sun protection and sunscreen entitled Customize Your Sun Protection Strategy.

The article does a great job of debunking sunscreen myths and truly covers all the important issue when it comes to sun protection.  The published version of the article, though not the online version unfortunately, has short but thorough “asides” about SPF ratings, getting enough Vitamin D, and what level of SPF you need.  I especially liked the fact that the article correctly explains that even moderate to little sun exposure can be harmful and that everyone needs a sunscreen on a daily basis even if they are not spending the day outdoors. 

I only have one quibble with the article.  The author of the piece Genevieve Monsma writes:

If the formula you choose contains only chemical sunscreen, you must re­apply it every two hours to ensure protection. And when you’re in and out of water or sweating a lot, you should reapply any sun protection every two to three hours, whether it’s a chemical or physical formula.

No matter what sunscreen formula you use – chemical or physical – you need to reapply it every two hours if you are outdoors.

Bottom Line:  This is a great article to both read and save for future reference.  A job well done More!


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