How To Apply Sunscreen The Correct Way

While summer is still several weeks away, it is never too early to begin your sunscreen routine. Keep in mind that no direct sunlight doesn’t always mean no damage. Sunscreen is important to wear all year round.

The importance of sunscreen comes down to understanding the effects of ultraviolet rays. Two types of ultraviolet rays are emitted from the sun: UVA and UVB. The intensity of UVB rays vary from each season and cause sunburns. UVA rays have the same intensity all year round and penetrate deeper into the skin. When sunscreen isn’t applied correctly, it is not going to be as effective. UVA damage is irreversible and can cause skin aging and skin cancer.

Give your skin the healthy protection it needs with these tips:

Apply It Thick

Consider the SPF of your sunscreen beforehand to determine how much you want to apply. Normally, a tablespoon (of at least 25 SPF) is the right amount for your face. For your body, you should apply around two ounces. Spreading it thin will not do you any favors. Without a thick layer, you are most likely getting an SPF 10 out of your SPF 30.

Apply Before Going Outside

Make sure to apply your sunscreen before you are outside and exposed to UV rays. Many sunscreens require time to be absorbed into our skin to work effectively. We recommend waiting at least 20 minutes before heading out the door.

Don’t Forget To Reapply When Needed

Just because you have applied sunscreen in the morning, doesn’t mean you will be completely safe all day. Reapplying is crucial in order to stay protected from potential skin damage, as most formulas will lose effectiveness throughout the time exposed outside.

Use It Daily

The most crucial part of applying sunscreen is applying is every single day. Sunshine or rain, sunscreen should be used daily. Without sunscreen, your skin is still at risk of becoming damaged from UVA rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of UV rays pass through clouds and fog.

The damage of the sun’s rays is cumulative. Every day that you do not use sunscreen is another day that is increasing your risk of damage that can develop into skin cancer.

If you would like to get more information on ways to protect your skin from potential cancers, come into our office to speak with our physician assistants and doctors. We are open every day of the week and no appointment is needed.