Preventive Care

Sunscreen – Top 5 tips

Does your family have a “Sunscreen Police” ?  You know, the person that always remembers, reminds and enforces the rule to be kind to your skin and to protect it from the potentially harmful over exposure to the sun, they are the Sunscreen Police.

“In our family, Grammy is the sunscreen police, she always makes sure that we don’t get burned and that we re-apply if we go into the water.”

Here are our TOP 5 Tips on using sunscreen:

  1. Apply Year Long – Indirect as well as direct exposure to the sun can cause damage.  You don’t have to wait for those beach days to worry about protecting your skin from skin damage.
  2. Missing Spots –  Remember to give care to areas around the eyes, the tip of the nose, the tops of the feet, the lips, and near the hairline and scalp in addition to areas beyond your reach.
  3. Don’t skimp – Apply evenly and frequently.  The higher the SPF number does not mean that it will last longer.
  4. Choose a sunscreen based on  skin type – Your sunscreen could cause you to break out, for sensitive skin, use a fragrance-free type. If you’re acne-prone, look for a light, oil-free formula. For dry skin, choose a hydrating cream with ingredients like glycerin or aloe.
  5. Toss out the old or expired -The FDA says to be mindful of expiration dates— some sunscreen ingredients might become less effective over time.