Sunscreen Guide from the American Academy of Dermatology

Apr 4, 2024 | Uncategorized

The American Academy of Dermatology has crafted a comprehensive guide to selecting and applying sunscreen effectively. With the onset of summer marked by Memorial Day and the resurgence of outdoor activities post-COVID-19 restrictions, it’s crucial to prioritize sunscreen application. Don’t forget to slather on that sunscreen as you indulge in your favorite outdoor pursuits—it’s summertime at last! Sunscreen plays a vital role in shielding your skin from skin cancer and premature aging, but its efficacy hinges on correct application. Here are some expert tips from dermatologists:

  • Opt for sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, water resistance, and broad-spectrum coverage to shield against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply before stepping outdoors to allow around 15 minutes for absorption and protection. Applying it after sun exposure leaves your skin vulnerable to burns.
  • Ensure you use enough sunscreen, approximately 1 ounce to cover your entire body adequately—massage it thoroughly into your skin.
  • Cover all exposed skin areas, including your neck, face, ears, tops of feet, and legs. For challenging-to-reach spots like your back, enlist assistance or opt for spray sunscreen. Protect your lips with an SPF-containing lip balm.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating to maintain protection. Sunburn often occurs due to insufficient usage, failure to reapply, or using expired products.

Remember, UV rays penetrate your skin even on overcast days and during winter, so make sunscreen a year-round habit. Whether you’re vacationing or enjoying a stroll in your neighborhood, prioritize sun protection. For more tips on preventing skin cancer, consult a board-certified dermatologist.