Sunscreen: A Year-Round Necessity
As you pack up your summer wardrobe in preparation for the upcoming fall and winter months, make sure not to put away your sunscreen! Sun protection is a year-round commitment, especially living here in sunny Southern California. Even if you aren’t basking in the sun at the beach, you are exposed to incidental sun light while riding in your car and the damage it causes has a cumulative effect. Harmful UV rays from the sun not only lead to an increased risk of skin cancer, but they also contribute to the development of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots. Did you know that on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate the skin? This is another reason to make sure you are always covered!
Here are some tips for choosing and using the best sun protection:
- Look for broad-spectrum coverage: protection against UVA and UVB rays.
We recommend physical blocks containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide for the best coverage.
- SPF 30 or higher.
Remember: SPF is NOT cumulative (ex. Applying makeup with SPF 15 and a sunscreen with SPF 15 = coverage of SPF 15, NOT 30).
- Apply enough sunscreen.
Most people under-apply the sunscreen. Applying a thin layer will only achieve an SPF of around 8-10. A minimum of 1 tsp should be applied to the entire face. Apply 1 ounce (about the size of a shot glass) to the body.
- When outside for prolonged periods of time, make sure to reapply!
It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outside or after swimming and/or sweating.
- Don’t forget your lips!
Sun damage and skin cancer can develop on your lips just as easily as the rest of your skin. To protect your lips, apply lipstick or lip balm containing SPF 30 or higher.
- Don’t forget your eyes!
Ultraviolet light contributes to cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Make sure to wear UV protective glasses when outdoors.
As always, if you notice any changes or suspicious lesions on your skin, please call us at 949-760-0190 to make an appointment.