There are plenty of ways you can protect yourself from the harsh, damaging rays of the sun besides slathering on the sunscreen all over. Sunscreen is awesome, and you should be wearing it quite a bit, but here’s some other options that you may have not even considered that you could be using to further block the powerful UV rays from your body.
UV-Blocking Contact Lenses
So we think about our skin all of the time, but what about our eyes? Can’t they suffer fro repeated sun exposure? ABSOLUTELY! Luckily, contact lens wearers can enjoy some extra protection, thanks to the, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand, which includes Class-1 UV-Blocking with the highest level of UV protection in a contact lens, blocking about 96% of UV-A rays and more than 99% of UV-B rays that reach the cornea. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Don’t forgo the sunglasses and a hat, but revel in this added benefit to keep your eye health in tip top shape.
Hand Cream with SPF
By this, I don’t mean putting sunscreen lotion on your hands, but rather using a creamy, emollient-rich hand cream that just so happens to have SPF added into it. Our hands tend to prominently display the signs of aging, and since we have them constantly exposed to the elements, and in particular, the sun, it makes sense to give them an added dose of SPF protection on a daily basis. Three of my favorite options include the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream with sunscreen SPF 15 ($12.99), Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Hand Treatment SPF 30 ($7.99), and the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($155).
Eye Cream with SPF
Again, the same theory as that of the hand cream applies to this category, in which this delicate area of skin can easily burn and quickly show the signs of damage and aging. Incorporating an eye cream into your routine is great, however using one with SPF in it is EVEN better! My recommendations include the Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($39.50) and the Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 PA++ ($69).
You may question why SPF in clothing is so pertinent, however the sun can certainly penetrate through your clothing and still have an impact on your skin. In other words, just because you are covered. doesn’t necessarily mean you are really covered! The sportier brands will be the ones that more commonly incorporate SPF into their garments, however you can certainly find items whose versatility stretches beyond the beach and even into the office! Columbia offers my favorites (with its Omni-Shade™ UPF 40 or 50 sun protection), while I’ve found some great pieces at sporting goods stores such as REI and Dick’s (pictured: Columbia Saturday Trail II Dress, L.L. Bean Tropicwear® Sleeveless Shirt, REI Lightweight Crew Shirt, and Columbia Global Adventure Skirt).
Full Disclosure: Some of the items in this post were given to Fashion Pulse Daily for editorial review.