During the summer, many people spend much of their time outdoors soaking up the sun. However, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on your skin. If you don’t take care of your skin properly, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer and a host of other problems. Here’s what you should know about the importance of sunscreen and how best to use it to protect your skin.
Who Needs Sunscreen?
Everyone needs sunscreen to prevent skin cancer from ultraviolet rays. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In addition to sunscreen, you can protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing. You should wear sunscreen every time you go outside, even if it’s cloudy.
What Sunscreen to Use
The best sunscreen to use offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. You’ll want to choose a product that’s SPF 30 or higher and water resistant. Sunscreen comes in many different forms from lotion and sprays to wax sticks and ointments. There are products available for babies and sensitive skin. You can also find sunscreen in many cosmetic and personal care products.
How to Apply Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body at least 15 minutes before going outdoors. Adults need approximately one ounce of sunscreen, which is enough to fill a shot glass. Don’t forget areas like your ears or the top of your feet. To protect your lips from sun damage, you can wear lip balm or lipstick containing sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen when outdoors every two hours or after sweating or swimming.
Professional Skincare Solutions
Applying sunscreen every day is one of the best steps for taking care of your skin. If you want to do more to improve the quality of your skin, there are professional skincare solutions available to benefit you. Contact Olansky Dermatology Associates today to schedule a consultation. We can help you with a customized skincare treatment perfect for your skin type.