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How To Protect Your Sensitive Skin from the Sun

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Having sensitive skin can be a real challenge, as you have to be mindful about everything and anything you use. When your skin reacts and flares up easily, you have to be careful with skincare products, makeup, and any other products you use on your face, body, and scalp. If you fail to use the right products without harsh chemicals and fragrances, your skin and health could end up suffering.


So, what happens when it comes to protecting your skin against the potentially harmful UV rays of the sun? Most people these days know that lengthy exposure to the sun can cause various problems and could even lead to skin cancer in addition to burning and premature aging of the skin. This is why it is important to ensure you have some protection in place if you plan to spend time out in the sunshine. This protection comes in the form of sunscreen, which can help to prevent a range of issues linked to sun exposure.

The good news is that there are now plenty of options for those who have sensitive skin. You can get sensitive skin products when it comes to makeup, moisturizers, and various other products. You will also find a range of sunscreen options designed for those with sensitive skin. This means you can get the protection and peace of mind you need without risking a flareup caused by harsh chemicals and ingredients used in the sunscreen.

Some of the Main Benefits of Sunscreen Use

It is vital that you take the time to put on sunscreen before you spend prolonged periods in the sun. However, it is also vital that you are careful about the one you use if your skin is prone to flare-ups and is known to be sensitive. While there are various options on the market, some are packed with harsh chemicals and fragrance, which can be a nightmare for those with sensitive skin. Some of the key benefits of using a sunscreen that is designed specifically for sensitive skin include:

Lack of fragrance: When you choose a sunscreen for sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about fragrance. With fragranced sunscreen, there tends to be a lot of chemicals included and this can have a serious negative impact on your skin. In addition, fragrance does no absorb into the skin, which means that using a sunscreen without fragrance will prove more effective and will provide a higher level of protection. So, you can enjoy getting the protection you need without the risk of your skin suffering chemical flare-ups and reactions.

No harsh chemicals: As mentioned above, many sunscreens that are not designed for sensitive skin contain not only fragrance but also a range of harsh chemicals that can spell disaster for sensitive skin. If you choose a sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you won't have to worry about any of these chemicals and you can relax in the knowledge that your skin is protected without the risk of reaction.

High levels of protection: With a good, high quality organic fragrance free sunscreen for sensitive skin, you will be able to benefit from a high level of protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun. You can get different protection levels, so you should choose one that suits your skin type. For instance, if you have very fair skin, you should go for a sunscreen that offers higher level protection.

No need to worry about reactions: By using a good sunscreen for sensitive skin, you can rest easy and enjoy greater peace of mind. This is because you won't have the worry of sparking a reaction as you would with standard sunscreens. You can relax outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather without having to worry about burning, peeling, and triggering skin health issues.

Effective protection from UV rays: As we know, the UV rays of the sun can be very dangerous in terms of our health and the appearance of our skin. By investing in a high quality sunscreen that is designed for those with sensitive skin, you can ensure your skin is protected from these rays but you won't have to worry about your skin suffering other problems stemming from the use of sunscreen that contains fragrance or chemicals.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Can be used by all family members: One thing to remember is that people with normal skin can use sunscreen for sensitive skin but those with sensitive skin cannot use standard sunscreen without suffering. Using a sunscreen for sensitive skin is a cost effective option, as it means that the whole family can use the same product rather than everyone having to use separate ones. This means you will only have to purchase one bottle rather than one for each family member, which will ultimately save you money.

Other Protection Tips to Help

Of course, using a good sunscreen is only part of the protection you need when you are spending time in the sun. You also need to put other measures into place to ensure your health does not suffer. For instance, you should wear a wide brim hat or baseball cap to shade your face and shield your scalp from the sun's rays. In addition, you also need to protect your eyes and the area around them, so you should invest in a good pair of sunglasses that provide UV protection.

Finally, don't forget to protect all exposed areas of your body. Many people simply apply sunscreen to their face and neck. They then end up with burned, peeling arms and legs, because these areas were also exposed to the sun but did not have any protective barrier on them. You should apply your sunscreen to all areas that are going to be exposed, which includes the feet if you will be wearing sandals as well as the hands. This way, you can ensure that you are properly protected and that your skin benefits from a proper protective barrier.

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Do 2020 Presidential Candidates Still Have Rules to Play By?

Not too many years ago, my advice to political candidates would have been pretty simple: "Don't do or say anything stupid." But the last few elections have rendered that advice outdated.


When Barack Obama referred to his grandmother as a "typical white woman" during the 2008 campaign, for example, many people thought it would cost him the election -- and once upon a time, it probably would have. But his supporters were focused on the values and positions he professed, and they weren't going to let one unwise comment distract them. Candidate Obama didn't even get much pushback for saying, "We're five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That statement should have given even his most ardent supporters pause, but it didn't. It was in line with everything Obama had previously said, and it was what his supporters wanted to hear.

2016: What rules?

Fast forward to 2016, and Donald Trump didn't just ignore traditional norms, he almost seemed to relish violating them. Who would have ever dreamed we'd elect a man who talked openly about grabbing women by the **** and who was constantly blasting out crazy-sounding Tweets? But Trump did get elected. Why? Some people believe it was because Americans finally felt like they had permission to show their bigotry. Others think Obama had pushed things so far to the left that right-wing voters were more interested in dragging public policy back toward the middle than in what Trump was Tweeting.

Another theory is that Trump's lewd, crude, and socially unacceptable behavior was deliberately designed to make Democrats feel comfortable campaigning on policies that were far further to the left than they ever would have attempted before. Why? Because they were sure America would never elect someone who acted like Trump. If that theory is right, and Democrats took the bait, Trump's "digital policies" served him well.

And although Trump's brash style drew the most handlines, he wasn't the only one who seemed to have forgotten the, "Don't do or say anything stupid," rule. Hillary Clinton also made news when she made a "basket of deplorables" comment at a private fundraiser, but it leaked out, and it dogged her for the rest of the election cycle.

And that's where we need to start our discussion. Now that all the old rules about candidate behavior have been blown away, do presidential candidates even need digital policies?

Yes, they do. More than ever, in my opinion. Let me tell you why.

Digital policies for 2020 and beyond

While the 2016 election tossed traditional rules about political campaigns to the trash heap, that doesn't mean you can do anything you want. Even if it's just for the sake of consistency, candidates need digital policies for their own campaigns, regardless of what anybody else is doing. Here are some important things to consider.

Align your digital policies with your campaign strategy

Aside from all the accompanying bells and whistles, why do you want to be president? What ideological beliefs are driving you? If you were to become president, what would you want your legacy to be? Once you've answered those questions honestly, you can develop your campaign strategy. Only then can you develop digital policies that are in alignment with the overall purpose -- the "Why?" -- of your campaign:

  • If part of your campaign strategy, for example, is to position yourself as someone who's above the fray of the nastiness of modern politics, then one of your digital policies should be that your campaign will never post or share anything that attacks another candidate on a personal level. Attacks will be targeted only at the policy level.
  • While it's not something I would recommend, if your campaign strategy is to depict the other side as "deplorables," then one of your digital policies should be to post and share every post, meme, image, etc. that supports your claim.
  • If a central piece of your platform is that detaining would-be refugees at the border is inhumane, then your digital policies should state that you will never say, post, or share anything that contradicts that belief, even if Trump plans to relocate some of them to your own city. Complaining that such a move would put too big a strain on local resources -- even if true -- would be making an argument for the other side. Don't do it.
  • Don't be too quick to share posts or Tweets from supporters. If it's a text post, read all of it to make sure there's not something in there that would reflect negatively on you. And examine images closely to make sure there's not a small detail that someone may notice.
  • Decide what your campaign's voice and tone will be. When you send out emails asking for donations, will you address the recipient as "friend" and stress the urgency of donating so you can continue to fight for them? Or will you personalize each email and use a more low-key, collaborative approach?

Those are just a few examples. The takeaway is that your online behavior should always support your campaign strategy. While you could probably get away with posting or sharing something that seems mean or "unpresidential," posting something that contradicts who you say you are could be deadly to your campaign. Trust me on this -- if there are inconsistencies, Twitter will find them and broadcast them to the world. And you'll have to waste valuable time, resources, and public trust to explain those inconsistencies away.

Remember that the most common-sense digital policies still apply

The 2016 election didn't abolish all of the rules. Some still apply and should definitely be included in your digital policies:

  1. Claim every domain you can think of that a supporter might type into a search engine. Jeb Bush not claiming www.jebbush.com (the official campaign domain was www.jeb2016.com) was a rookie mistake, and he deserved to have his supporters redirected to Trump's site.
  2. Choose your campaign's Twitter handle wisely. It should be obvious, not clever or cutesy. In addition, consider creating accounts with possible variations of the Twitter handle you chose so that no one else can use them.
  3. Give the same care to selecting hashtags. When considering a hashtag, conduct a search to understand its current use -- it might not be what you think! When making up new hashtags, try to avoid anything that could be hijacked for a different purpose -- one that might end up embarrassing you.
  4. Make sure that anyone authorized to Tweet, post, etc., on your behalf has a copy of your digital policies and understands the reasons behind them. (People are more likely to follow a rule if they understand why it's important.)
  5. Decide what you'll do if you make an online faux pas that starts a firestorm. What's your emergency plan?
  6. Consider sending an email to supporters who sign up on your website, thanking them for their support and suggesting ways (based on digital policies) they can help your messaging efforts. If you let them know how they can best help you, most should be happy to comply. It's a small ask that could prevent you from having to publicly disavow an ardent supporter.
  7. Make sure you're compliant with all applicable regulations: campaign finance, accessibility, privacy, etc. Adopt a double opt-in policy, so that users who sign up for your newsletter or email list through your website have to confirm by clicking on a link in an email. (And make sure your email template provides an easy way for people to unsubscribe.)
  8. Few people thought 2016 would end the way it did. And there's no way to predict quite yet what forces will shape the 2020 election. Careful tracking of your messaging (likes, shares, comments, etc.) will tell you if you're on track or if public opinion has shifted yet again. If so, your messaging needs to shift with it. Ideally, one person should be responsible for monitoring reaction to the campaign's messaging and for raising a red flag if reactions aren't what was expected.

Thankfully, the world hasn't completely lost its marbles

Whatever the outcome of the election may be, candidates now face a situation where long-standing rules of behavior no longer apply. You now have to make your own rules -- your own digital policies. You can't make assumptions about what the voting public will or won't accept. You can't assume that "They'll never vote for someone who acts like that"; neither can you assume, "Oh, I can get away with that, too." So do it right from the beginning. Because in this election, I predict that sound digital policies combined with authenticity will be your best friend.