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Beauty 101: September sun sense


September means a long fun weekend and saying good-bye to summer. But if you live in the southeast, you know sunburn doesn't just happen during the summer months. Jacksonville can be scorching during this time of year and sun protection is just as important now as it is in the middle of  July and August.

The damage and harm caused by UV rays are a major concern of doctors across the country. Guarding yourself against the dangers of sun exposure is not only smart--it can also save your life. Below are a few tips on reducing your risk of premature aging of your skin and the risk of developing skin cancer.

  1. Always wear sunscreen. You can find sunscreen with an SPF as high as 100. Slather it on and reapply often. You should use sunscreen even if you're not sitting out by the pool or on the beach. Just driving to and from work can cause damage to your skin. You can find face and body creams with a SPF added to it. Many makeup manufacturers offer foundation and lipstick with a SPF.
  2. Wear protective clothing. If you're out in the sun for any length of time, wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and sunglasses. You can damage your eyes if they're not protected. Find a pair that provides 100% protection against UV radiation.
  3. Photo-toxic reaction to the sun. Certain drugs can cause extreme sensitivity to the sun resulting in skin damage and in some cases severe sunburn. Ask your doctor if any of the medications you're taking can make you sun-sensitive.
  4. Limit your exposure to the sun. It's very hard to stay out of the sun when you're living in paradise, but being "sun smart" is what Floridians need to learn and practice. Constant sun exposure can be dangerous. Protect your skin while enjoying the things you love to do.

Listed below are just a few great skin protection products that you can try out:

Neutrogena Age Shield 

Neutrogena Sunblock, Age Shield SPF 45, 4 fl oz

Kiehl's Sun Protection 

Shady Lady

HatsRiviera Hat Natural

 So go and have sun in the fun...without the burn!


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  • Diana 5 years ago

    I was pleasantly surprised with Nammu swimming hat. It's sun protective and very comfortable.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Dallas, too...we get an extra long summer! Thanks for the great info!!

    Jennifer Jones
    Dallas Beauty Treatments Examiner