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Protect Yourself

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Sure, sunscreen isn’t as fun as lipstick and eye shadow. (When was the last time a star got asked what sunscreen she was wearing on the red carpet?) But like it or not, it is the most important thing in your beauty regimen. With so many different formulas and so many numbers, it’s hard to know exactly what to choose. So we decided to call up Dr. Howard Murad, our fave dermatologist, to give us the spiel on sunscreen.

Is sunscreen really necessary all year long?
Most people don’t realize that sun damage occurs during daily activities, even indoors and during the winter. (It’s not just for the beach, ladies!). For maximum protection, make sure your SPF contains protection from both UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays), antioxidants to neutralize aging free radicals, anti-inflammatory agents to soothe and prevent redness and hydrating ingredients to replace moisture lost to sun exposure. I recommend using a minimum of SPF 15 every day.

What do all those numbers mean (SPF 30, SPF 50, etc.)?
The sun protection factor (SPF) system measures the length of time a sunscreen will protect your skin from burning due to UVB ray exposure, compared to how long your skin would take to burn without sunscreen protection. If it takes 20 minutes without sunscreen for your skin to become reddish and start to burn, using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 should prevent the burning of the skin 15 times longer.

Is there a science to applying the right amount?
For each sunscreen application it’s important to apply one ounce of sunscreen (equal to a shot glass) to the entire body and face daily, and continuously reapply when out in the sun for long periods of time. If you plan on swimming or being in water, apply water resistant sunscreen every 40 to 80 minutes for optimal protection.

Anything else?
Consider taking supplements with pomegranate extract which provides you with powerful antioxidant protection against free radical damage, which accounts for more than 80% of the signs of premature aging. We did a study that showed that ingesting pomegranate extract can even boost the effective SPF of sunscreens your body’s natural SPF.

Looking for a specific type of sunscreen? No fret, we’ve rounded up our faves for everyone!

20130523_murad_sunblock_120 Dr. Murad’s Favorite: Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ $25
This portable stick contains broccoli extract, which has been shown to providing lasting protection against SPF (even after the product wears off).

20130523_sunscreen_sunbum_thumb Active: Sun Bum Pro SPF 50 Sunscreen $17.99
A great option for the active outdoorsy type, as it won’t come off in water, wind or the hot, hot sun! For even more outdoor fun, Sun Bum is offering FFF readers a 30% discount on any pro product with the code PRO30!

20130523_sunscreen_lancome_thumb Dry Skin: Lancome Renergie Life Multi-Action Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 For Dry Skin $92
Think of this s a luxurious face cream for dry skin — that just so happens to include SPF!

20130523_sunscreen_lumene_thumb Anti-aging: Lumene SPF 20 Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Aging BB Cream $12
BB Cream + anti-aging + SPF. Need we say more?

20130523_sunscreen_clinique_thumb Acne/Oil prone skin: Clinique SPF 25 City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector $21
Lightweight, sheer and oil-free, so no need to worry about unwanted breakouts!

20130523_sunscreen_drrobin_thumb Kid-friendly: Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free SPF 30+ $24
Perfect for little ones, as it’s formulated without irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens, or fragrance. Plus, Dr. Robin is offering FFF readers in the continental U.S. a $10 discount off any purchase of $24 or more from their website with the code FABFITSUN through June 6.

20130523_sunscreen_kerastase_thumb Hair SPF: Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste $40
Protect your hair from harmful UVA and UVB filters with this amazing hydration oil.

20130523_fusion_thumb For on the Go: Fusion Sunscreen Wipes $23
On the go? No prob! Stash these wipes in your purse, and apply when needed.

20130523_sunscreen_supergoop_thumb Everyday SPF: Dr. T’s Supergoop Everyday Face & Body Moisturizer $15
This far from goopy formula is light enough to use as an everyday moisturizer, and is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E.

20130523_sunscreen_coola_thumb Eco-Friendly: Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish $36
This eco-friendly SPF not only works fab, but smells like refreshing cucumbers!

drmurad Dr. Murad’s Favorite Pick: Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ $25
This portable stick contains broccoli extract, which has been shown to providing lasting protection against SPF (even after the product wears off).

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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