Keep your skin healthy and beautiful with sunscreen

When you leave for summer activities, let the sunrise, Solar creamsunset, repeat your mantra!

“The best way to protect your skin is to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen,” said Karin Olszewski, RN, nurse esthetician at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery.

Whether you’re on your way to the lake, the beach or your backyard, protect your skin wherever you go. Olszewski shares these tips for preventing sunburn and sun-related damage that can lead to skin cancer.

Grades Matter

Sun protection ratings can be confusing. There’s the sun protection factor, or SPF, which indicates protection against UVB rays and sunburn. And there are PA+ ratings, which indicate a level of protection against UVA rays that cause skin damage and skin cancer.

The most important thing to remember is that you want both UVA and UVB protection, Olszewski said. Look for the words “broad spectrum”.

“High FPS alone is not enough,” Olszewski said. “Read the label to make sure you get full protection.”

When, how much, how often?

It is important to use enough sunscreen to generously cover all of your exposed skin.

“One ounce per application, or about the size of a shot glass, should be enough,” Olszewski said.

For complete protection, apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure so your skin can absorb it.

Regardless of the rating, sunscreen protection diminishes over time. So don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours when out in the sun.

The intensity of the sun’s rays is greatest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is why the American Academy of Dermatology recommends avoiding the sun when the rays are strongest.

Does sunscreen expire?

The United States Food & Drug Administration requires sunscreen to retain its original strength for at least three years, as long as it is not exposed to excessive heat or direct sunlight.

When it’s hot, store sunscreen in the shade or wrapped in a towel. If you notice any changes in the color or consistency of the product, discard it.

Some sunscreens have an expiration date, so you can be sure to use it year after year.

“If you use sunscreen correctly — like applying it often and everywhere — your product shouldn’t last longer than the expiration date,” Olszewski said.

Look for an expiration date when buying sunscreen. If missing, write the date on the bottle and check before using.

Dedicate yourself to daily use

Sunscreen isn’t just for summer.

“It’s one of the most important skincare products you can use to fight wrinkles, dark spots, and the look of aging skin,” Olszewski said.

Makeup with an SPF of 15 or higher is a good alternative. But that’s no substitute for a quality sunscreen that you can also use on your face, neck, ears, chest, and hands.

Olszewski recommends SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 35 or Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50. Or look for products that contain a physical sunscreen like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which sits on the skin to block sun rays. Sun.

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