Spring means sunshine and sunshine means outdoor activities. While soaking up the sun has its benefits, such as providing the body with a natural source of vitamin D, it is important to use caution when spending extensive periods of time outside. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can be very damaging to the skin. In fact, UV rays from the sun are directly responsible for skin conditions such as premature aging. sunburn and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Thankfully, wearing sunscreen allows you to both enjoy the outdoors while protecting your skin. Sunscreen provides skin with protection from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays (both UVA and UVB) produced by the sun. A good sunscreen is designed to block the sun’s UV rays and consequently protect against some of the conditions mentioned above. Below we have laid out tips to make sure you find the best kind of sunscreen to protect your skin.
Tips for Finding the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin
The technology used to make sunscreens are constantly evolving. Today, the best kinds offer fuller protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Some scatter the UV rays and others absorb them before they get to the skin. In sifting through the broad spectrum of sunscreens, ensure the sunscreen has:
- An SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVB rays
- Titanium dioxide, ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, zinc oxide, or sulisobenzone among the ingredients as they indicate protection against UVA rays
- Sweat and water resistance
In addition to ensuring the sunscreen has the right properties, it is important to use sunscreens as directed in order to gain maximum benefits. When using sunscreen, keep these application tips in mind:
- Apply the sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun
- Lather properly- not using enough sunscreen can leave your skin open to the harmful rays from the sun
- Remember those spots everyone forgets, such as the ears, feet, back of the legs, bald spots and you should even use UV-protective lip balm for your lips
- Reapply your sunscreen at least every 2 hours
- Use your sunscreen even on overcast days
Yes, it is true that skin ages over time, however, by practicing the above tips, you ensure that it stays young, youthful-looking, and glowing for a long time to come. If you have any questions about protecting your skin from the sun, please contact Universal Dermatology & Vein Care at (614) 602-6455.