Sun avoidance is best, especially 10am – 2 pm.
Protective clothing can be very beneficial.
Sunscreen should be used on face, neck, chest and hands daily (365 days a year!!) and should be applied in the morning BEFORE any exposure and reapplied often.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the best sunscreen ingredients, so be sure to look at the label. They also have least risk of allergic reactions. Have sensitive skin? Unable to tolerate most sunscreens because of burning or running in your eyes? At Village Dermatology, we offer several chemical-free sunscreens that are perfect for you. These are also the best sunscreens for babies and children.
There are many new sunscreens available that are very cosmetically elegant, not greasy, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and, yes, even acceptable to you guys!! Come in and we’ll let you try our testers to find the perfect sunscreen for you.
UVA and UVB protection are important, so, again, read the label. With effective levels of zinc or titanium, you are covered.
SPF’s of 30 and above are thought to be beneficial.
It is never too late to start using sunscreen!
Sunscreens do have limitations…
- Must apply heavily to get the SPF on the label
- They do not reverse sun damage
- They are much less effective in preventing long term photoaging and skin cancers when used inconsistently and when applied after sun exposure has begun.
- They must be re-applied every 2-4 hours during swimming and other outdoor activities
DO NOT let sunscreen be your excuse to stay in the sun all day!!!!