Posts tagged #sunscreen
Remember the Eyes

Imagine going to the beach. In a large beach bag is everything that’s going to be needed. A towel, lunch for the day, a few snacks and drinks, and of course, sunscreen. Sunscreen is one of the most important ways to protect your skin. When going out in the sun for long periods of time, ensuring full coverage is usually the goal. Some areas can be missed, however, which can result in sun damage.

Dermatologists also recommend an everyday SPF moisturizer for the face. A recent article from Reuters Health highlights a study showing it can be even more difficult to get full coverage. In the study, participants who were applying SPF sunscreen covered their entire face more often than those who were applying an SPF moisturizer (often missing the eyelids). While it is not yet known why the SPF moisturizer participants covered less of their face, it is a good reminder to thoroughly apply SPF moisturizer everyday. 

All in all, don’t forget the eyes, and any other areas exposed to daily sun like the hands, neck, and arms. If you don’t want leathery skin on your upper chest, apply an extra handful of sunscreen there during your daily routine! It’s important to apply and reapply!

Do You Use Protection?

Did you know UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer? The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends taking many precautions when going out in the sun. It’s important to minimize sun exposure and maximize protection. Enjoy a play on words in this video by the AAD

Summary:

  • Seek shade during times of peak sun rays

  • Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses. Pro-tip from Dermatology Arts: Use SPF shirts and shorts for water activities (for example. rash guards / swim shirts have a UPF / SPF equivalent)

  • Apply minimum SPF 30, broad spectrum, and water resistant sunscreen

  • Reapply sunscreen every hour on the hour when outside