As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside, it’s important to remember the importance of sunscreen in protecting our skin. But what are some tips on how to incorporate it into your daily routine? Let’s take a look at the benefits of sunscreen and then discuss how best to incorporate it and other methods of sun protection into your daily routine.
Choosing a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and one that is broad-spectrum is essential You want one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Dr. Damstetter recommends a variety of sunscreens from her skincare shelf. Whether you’re looking for a tinted CC cream with SPF, a gel lotion sunscreen, or sunscreen in a sports stick, there are sun protection options there for everyone.
To ensure you’re getting the complete benefits of your sunscreen, remember to apply it at least 20 minutes before heading outside. But applying it once is not enough. You’ll also want to reapply it every two hours.
Making sunscreen part of your daily routine may not be as difficult as you might think. If you already apply skincare products, just make sure to add sunscreen into the mix.
You can do this by either using a separate sunscreen or using a moisturizer that comes with SPF 30+ already in it. You hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun all at once.
But if you have a multi-step skincare routine, when should you apply the sunscreen? You’ll want to apply it after your moisturizer (or with your moisturizer if your SPF is included) and before your makeup.
The brand of sunscreen doesn’t typically matter. As long as it’s an SPF 30 or above, not expired, and you reapply it throughout the day, you can be sure your skin is getting the protection from the sun it needs.
In addition to incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine, there are other ways you can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. On top of sunscreen, you can:
- wear a wide-brimmed hat
- wear UPF-rated protective clothing with long sleeves
- avoid tanning beds
- seek out shady areas whenever possible
If you’re worried about any sun damage your skin has already suffered or would like to learn more ways to ensure your skin is as happy and healthy as possible, scheduling a consultation with Reserve Dermatology & Aesthetics is the perfect next step.
Dr. Damstetter and her experienced team are more than happy to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Glenview, IL office at (847) 400-2542 or use our online contact form.