skincare For some reason, many people resist applying sunscreen every day, even though it is one of the most important anti-aging items in your arsenal—and one that many regret not using enough of over time. When there are products like my Protective Sunblock SPF 30 available that don’t turn your skin white or chalky, there really is no excuse—it should simply be a critical component of your antiaging skincare regimen.

Despite this, a question we often hear is, “Do I really need sunscreen when I’m wearing a hat?”

he answer is simple: absolutely.

While many want to believe that wearing a giant sun hat will do the job, keep in mind what you learned in science class back in the day. Harmful UV rays bounce off surfaces, such as pavement and walls, and guess where they go? Upward. They easily bounce into the shade provided by your hat, baseball cap or even the giant umbrella you post by your chair or beach towel, and hit your skin.

This means that if you are outside on a sunny day, your skin is bound to be exposed to these dangerous UV rays, even if you and your hat are tucked under an awning with a six-foot overhang. Worse yet, if you are at the edge of a shaded area, the reflected exposure will be even greater. If you’re on the water, it’s going to reflect stronger than ever.

Be strategic—if you invest your time and energy into good skincare products and doing your Facercises, why skip the oh-so-important step of applying your sunblock? Especially when you can use one like my Protective Sunblock SPF 30 that melts into your skin and isn’t greasy. Don’t forget to also apply it to your hands, neck and décolleté.

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