5 Things Even Smart People Get Wrong About Sunscreen

A gorgeous day in the sun requires some surefire measures to protect your skin. Taking care of your skin while enjoying yourself outdoors is easy, as long as you practice some helpful hints. Not fully understanding your sunscreen could lead to unpleasant harm to your skin over time, like pigmentation issues, wrinkles, and fine lines. It can also be a health issue, with skin cancer a significant concern.

To ensure you enjoy yourself safely in the sun, here are five tips Dr. David Dreyfuss and his dedicated staff have for you as we approach the warmer months.

1. Not Putting on Enough

We find most people are not generous enough when applying sunscreen, using only about a quarter to half of the recommended amount. The adult dosage should be around 30 milliliters, or a little over an ounce for the entire body.

2. Not Reapplying Often Enough

OK, you’re slathering the recommended amount on as you begin to enjoy the beautiful day, but then you stop. After a couple of hours, the active ingredient will break down to insufficient levels, leaving your skin unprotected. Also, it takes about 15 minutes for the product to absorb properly into the skin.

We recommend to reapply sunscreen generously about every 90 minutes or so. You should also reapply your sunscreen every time you come out of the water, whether its label says “waterproof” or not. Allow the sunscreen time to absorb into your skin before going out into the sun.

3. Using an Expired Product

Resupply your stockpile of sunscreen every year by throwing out last year’s and replacing it anew. The protection ingredients don’t last forever. The SPF number on the label will diminish as the months pass.

4. Not Covering the Entire Body

To ensure proper skin health, you should cover all exposed skin in sunscreen. We know your shoulders and back are hard to reach and are easy to forget about. Ask for some assistance to get complete coverage if necessary.

5. Only Applying Sunscreen When the Sun Is Out

Just because you have some nice cloud coverage doesn’t mean UV rays are taking a day off. On the contrary, UV rays are still potent when it’s overcast. You tend to stay out longer when it’s shady because it’s not as hot, leaving your skin exposed to danger for longer periods. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you leave every morning, whether it’s sunny, rainy, or somewhere in between.

Be on the Safe Side

You can never be too careful when it comes to your skin. It’s your body’s largest organ and one of the few exposed to external factors. To ensure its safety, follow the suggestions above. And if you have other skin concerns, whether cosmetic or skin health, contact us today. We can help you achieve skin beauty and a healthy complexion, both now and for many years to come.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss today and learn how to protect your skin during your summer fun.