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How to Use Sunscreen - the Do’s and the Don’ts

When it comes to protecting your skin from harmful sun damage, sunscreen is a must. But while the benefits of consistent sunscreen use are understood, there are often questions surrounding how to use it.


A woman applying lotion to her cheek.

Do - Use a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen


A sunscreen’s Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates how much protection is provided against UVB rays, which cause sunburn. But in addition to UVB rays, the sun also emits UVA rays, which can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and sagging. To avoid both sunburn and signs of aging, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a SPF of at least 30.


Do - Be Sure to Apply Enough


Many people don't apply enough sunscreen, which can reduce its effectiveness. The general rule of thumb is to use about an ounce of sunscreen, approximately a shot glass full, for your entire body. And when you apply it matters, too. For best results, apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.


Don't - Rely on Sunscreen Alone


Also keep in mind that sunscreen is just one part of sun protection. Other measures include seeking shade during peak sun hours, wearing hats and long-sleeved shirts, and using sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.


Don't - Skip Hard-to-Reach Areas


When you are out and about, enjoying the warm rays of the sun, it is easy to forget to apply sunscreen to hard-to-reach areas like your back, scalp, ears, and the tops of your feet. Make a mental note to remember these areas when applying sunscreen and making coverup choices.


If you could use guidance on which sunscreen product to use, simply ask the professionals at Face Reflections. Enjoying the sun responsibly is possible. Start the warm weather season right, purchase a broad-spectrum sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun hat for long days out.


What suncare questions do you have? Consult with a skincare expert. Book your fee-free consultation today.


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