By now, you’re certainly aware of the importance of sunscreen. But even if you’re faithful about applying it, you may not be getting the full benefit. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re getting the most out of your sunscreen, and maximizing the protection it provides.
- Make sunscreen part of your morning routine. Link it to something you already do, like applying makeup, brushing your teeth, or taking a shower. Consider a cleanser or moisturizer with SPF protection built-in, but don’t forget to also apply regular sunscreen if you’re going to be outside.
- Understand SPF, and choose the right protection. Most experts agree, 30 is the magic number when it comes to sunscreen. 30 has been clinically proven to be a sufficient amount of protection. Going higher can provide a safety net if you don’t reapply as often as you should, but be warned: double the number doesn’t equate to twice the protection. While SPF 50 will block 98 percent of UV rays, SPF 100 will only raise that by 1 percent, so don’t let a higher number give you a false sense of security. Choose mineral-based sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection.
- Reapply when you’re outside. Sunscreen doesn’t last all day, and you should reapply every two hours when you’re in the sun. Apply it more often when you’re swimming or sweating, using about a shot glass worth of sunscreen for the exposed parts of your body.
- Make your wardrobe double as sun protection. Sunscreen can only go so far in protecting your skin, so when you’re out in the sun, wear sun-protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Don’t forget your lips and eyes. Get in the habit of wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outside, and wear a lip balm with UV protection.
- Don’t skip sunscreen on cloudy days. Clouds can’t prevent sunburn, because up to 80 percent of UV rays can come right through the clouds. In fact, you should even be wearing sunscreen when you’re inside, because ultraviolet rays can penetrate glass.
- Plan your outings strategically. While the idea of staying on the beach from sunrise to sunset can be appealing, it’s not a smart move for your skin. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is typically the time of day when the sun is at its most damaging peak, so try to plan your time outside to limit exposure during those hours.
Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional skin care in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers, along with our friendly staff, are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable and professional atmosphere. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.