Sun Smarts

When you live in a region as sunny as the Arabian Gulf (or anywhere, for that matter), daily sun protection is non-negotiable. As the temperatures rise and summer starts to make its way to us, the importance of daily sun protection becomes even more apparent. And that’s not even taking the UV Index into consideration.

The UV Index is an “international standard measurement of the strength of sunburn-producing ultraviolet radiation”. Essentially, it is a way to measure just how strong the UV rays are at a certain time and place. The Index works on a scale of 1 to 11, with 0-5 being low to moderate risk. Over here, the index rises above 11 during the day, putting us at extreme risk of harm from sun exposure.

Now that you know just how vital sun protection is, let’s talk sun screen. We’re sure that you are applying it to all of the main areas, such as your face, neck, and chest. But are you missing some of these often-neglected areas?

Ears – How many times have you spent the day at the beach and come home with red ears? According to studies, the ears are one of the most common areas to develop skin cancer. Keep these sensitive areas protected with an easy-to-use stick sunscreen. Bioderma Photoderm Max Stick provides intense protection (SPF 50) for sensitive skin. The swivel stick packaging makes toting this sunscreen a breeze, so you can always stay protected.

Scalp – Yes, your scalp absolutely counts as skin that needs sun protection. Protect your hair line, parting, and any thinning or visible areas of scalp with a lightweight sunscreen. A spray bottle will make it easy to apply the product to your scalp. Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent SPF 50 is water resistant, non-greasy, and absorbs quickly, making it perfect for applying to the scalp without messing up your hairdo.

Feet – Warmer temperatures also mean that sandal season is here. Most of us here have weekly nail appointments, but don’t ruin your gorgeous pedicure with an unsightly ‘sandal tan line’. A light sunscreen like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 Plus Protection will protect your feet without leaving behind any residue, so you can keep your skin safe without worrying about attracting dust or sand.

Lips – Most people aren’t aware of this, but the sun can affect your lips. Sun exposure can leave you with sunburned lips, which results in darker, drier, and even peeling lips. Protect your pucker with a rich lip balm with sun protection. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 offers high protection and intense moisture in an easy-to-use stick form.

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