Sunscreen Basics

Despite the abundance of information out there about sunscreens, there is still much confusion among the public and even the popular press about the importance of using it regularly.  Therefore, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, here are some basic, but vital, facts about sunscreen that are frequently forgotten, ignored or not well known:

  1. Sunscreens do exactly what the name says: They screen the sun, but cannot completely block it.  Therefore, their strengths are limited, and the importance of reapplication every so often is commonly overlooked.
  2. One should always use sunscreens that contain both UVA and UVB protection.
  3. For best results year-round, use sunscreen as part of your every morning routine no matter what time of year and type of weather.  Autumn is no exception, and winter especially poses a higher risk of sunburn than many realize.
  4. When planning to be outdoors for lengthy periods, it is best to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before leaving the house.
  5. Even so-called waterproof sunscreens will come off in water or with perspiration over time.  With this in mind, see Fact #6 below.
  6. When swimming or perspiring with exercise outdoors, it is recommended that you reapply sunscreen every hour.
  7. Always apply sunscreen over the backs of the hands, the neck, tops of the ears, and (for bald or balding men) the top of the head.  These are common areas of skin cancer growth and photoaging, and should avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
  8. If you use a moisturizer or makeup with sunscreen in it, make sure the SPF rating is at least 30, especially for facial use.
  9. Regardless of the amount of sunscreen used, try to avoid sun exposure during the peak UV exposure times of 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
  10. The best sunscreen in the world (see our product line) won’t work if you don’t use it regularly, or properly for that matter.  Make it a daily habit, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

Also, I have said many times in this blog that it is far easier to prevent sun damage in the first place, than to repair its effects afterwards.  We have the technology to repair much of the damage, but simple prevention is far less expensive.  So go out there, have fun, and take special care of your largest organ–your skin. Thanks again for reading this, and for your consistent support!  We will keep providing you with our great customer service.

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