How to Apply Sunscreen Appropriately

May 9, 2016

The summer season is finally here – and that means you’re about to spend a LOT more time outdoors.  Whether you’re camping with the family, playing on the beach, or spending more time at your favorite restaurant’s patio, chances are your skin is about to come into more contact with the sun.

While that means more summer fun, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of your skin with sunscreen.

Think your sunscreen habits are covered?  Think again – odds are you’re not applying your sunscreen correctly.  Take a look at how to keep your skin protected with the best sunscreen application tips from Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. and Aesthetic Center:

  • Apply Often! Too many people make the mistake of applying sunscreen once and thinking that they’re protected for the rest of the day. As it turns out, most sunscreens only last for a couple of hoursand that’s only if you’re not swimming in water or exercising.  Apply ever hour, or after any activity where your sunscreen might have been removed from water or sweat.
  • SPF 15 Is Out: Think you’re safe with only SPF 15?  Most skincare experts now recommend applying at least SPF 30 before going outside.  Update your SPF factor to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Pick What’s Easiest For You: There are so many different types of sunscreens out there, including sprays, lotions, and creams.  If you’re wondering which option you should pick, consider choosing the sunscreen that’s easiest for you to apply.

One important note: If you pick a spray, ensure that you’re covering every area of your body that might be exposed to the sun.  Get help covering your back and the back of your legs.  Make sure you’re spraying enough sunscreen, and rub it in once the spray settles on your skin.

Wondering what other sunscreen tips you should use to keep yourself protected?  Contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. and Aesthetic Center to schedule a summer skin consultation. With seven offices located in the Atlanta Metro area, you’ll be able to visit a Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. near you!

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