Sunscreen Tips From Dermatology Experts

The skin is our largest and most vital organ. Protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays will slow down the photoaging and minimize your risk of getting skin cancer. Here are some vital sunscreen tips from dermatologists:

  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, preferably SPF 20 or higher, after your moisturiser and antioxidant or second to last if you wear makeup.
  • Choose sunscreens which contain these compounds:
  1. Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) which is a superior UVA blocker which is photodegradable
  2. Helioplex which is a combination of avobenzone, oxybenzone and octocrylene
  3. Ecamsule which is a photostable UVA and UVB blocker which is also water-resistant
  • Protect your lips with a lip balm containing an SPF of at least 15. Opaque lipsticks with zinc oxide or titanium oxide act as a physical sunblock and offer some degree of sun protection. If you prefer translucent lip glosses, choose one with an SPF of at least 30. Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 is a good choice.
  • Be cautious when you are near water, snow or sand, which intensify sun exposure by reflecting the sun’s rays. Choose sunscreens with a high SPF. Excellent choices would include Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Sprayy SPF 50, Mustela High Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 and Vanicream SPF 30. If you are skiing in the mountains, Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 and Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation are recommended.
  • Do not use a chemical sunscreen on the delicate area around your eyes, as it could burn and sting your eyes. Shiseido Eye Protection Sun Cream SPF 32 is a popular choice. Wear sunglasses labeled as UV400 that provide 100 percent protection to minimize eye wrinkles from sun damage. Wear wraparound glasses.
  • Apply an ultrapotent antioxidant before your sunscreen to potentially augment its effect and offer further protection against free radical damage.
  • Reapply sunscreen every three to four hours (at least one ounce per application).
  • Reapply your sunscreen even on a cloudy day. If you are sweating or swimming, reapply every two hours, or everytime you come out of the water.
  • If you are bald, wear a hat. If you are on the beach, sit under an umbrella.
  • Do not forget to apply sunscreen even on the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, where your hair parts and the underarms. For these areas and for the body, you may find it easier to use a spray sunscreen such as Hampton Sun SPF 35 Continuous Mist Sunscreen.
  • Makeup, lipsticks and moisturisers with sunscreen on their own do not provide adequate protection. Be sure to have a base coat of sunscreen before putting on your moisturiser and makeup. Sunscreen lotions and creams are best for the face.
  • Chemical sunscreens, especially those which contain avobenzone (Parsol 1789), lose potency quickly when left in bright sunlight. Don’t leave your sunscreen out on the sand. Keep it shaded in your bag, and don’t keep sunscreens from one year to another. Throw out your old sunscreens and buy a new one.
  • If you don’t want to use a sunscreen on your scalp and body, be sure to put on sun-protective hats and clothing.
  • Don’t forget to sun protect your hands! Hands can give away your age instantly. Hand creams now come with sun protection. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Age Shield Hand Cream SPF 30, Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Light Weight SPF 30 Body Lotion and Clarins Sunscreen Care Cream SPF 30 moisturize your hands and protect them from the sun at the same time.
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