“There are several reasons why many people skip the sunscreen,” explains Elise Champe, owner of Eclipse Sun Products. “Many avoid it because they don’t want to put the chemicals on their body. Others skip it because they don’t like the feeling or it seems to make them sweat more.”
Of course, there are some great sunscreens that use minerals instead of chemicals, and with the advent of carotenoids from seaweed, some advanced sunscreens labeled SPF 50+ or 30 only have the chemical makeup of an SPF 25 or 15. In fact, today many moisturizers and BB Creams contain sunscreen that goes on with a non-greasy lotion feel.
However, those who don’t like to lather up with the sunscreen still need protection in order to help avoid adding to the skin cancer statistics. Here are some tips for avoiding skin cancer without slathering on sunscreen:
· Cover up. The more skin that can be covered with a sun protective product the better. In addition to wearing a wide-brimmed hat, look for clothing that provides UPF protection. Even those wearing short-sleeved shirts can get protection by using protective sun sleeves and sun gloves.
· Seek shade. If you can’t find shady areas to be in when outdoors, take them with you. Shady areas can quickly be created by putting up tents or carrying an umbrella. However, remember sunlight reflects off of sand, concrete, cars, windows, water, snow, metal and many other reflective surfaces, so it is a good idea to wear a light sunscreen or protective clothing even in the shade.
· Clock watch. Avoid going outdoors in the middle of the day, if possible. Getting outside in the morning or evening will help to avoid some of the sun exposure.
· Eat your veggies. Most fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants, according to the National Cancer Institute, are chemicals that block the activity of free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to cells and lead to cancer.
Most skin care experts would agree the best choice is ALL OF THE ABOVE: Wear protective clothing AND sunscreen and stay out of the sun's hottest rays.
“The good news is there are things people can do to protect themselves if they don’t want to wear sunscreen,” added Champe. “If you make an effort with these options you can help to reduce the exposure to harmful rays and lower your risks.”
Eclipse Sun Products, which include sun sleeves and sun gloves, are being used by many people who spend a lot of time outdoors, including golfers, drivers, hikers, and bikers. They are UPF 50+, fashionable, finger-free, and made from patented sun guard fabric. They are made of Spandex to provide a non-slip fit. They also provide moisture wicking and cooling. For more information, visit the site at www.eclipseglove.com.