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5 Tips for Using SunscreenMost of us think we are protecting our skin, but are we really?

We lather our children with sunscreen to protect them from the sun’s damaging rays. On occasion, we use sunscreen on ourselves – especially during hot summer days or at the swimming pool.

Since childhood, the mantra has been the same, “Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots.

We know that sunscreen keeps our skin looking younger, yet many people aren’t using sunscreen in the most optimal ways to keep sun damage away.

Here are five tips for using sunscreen to help prevent sun damage.

Tip #1: Wear Sunscreen ALL the Times

To get the most benefit from your sunscreen, you want to wear it all day, every day, all year long.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you only need it when you go outside.

Day after day of even minimal sun exposure adds up over time.

Decide today’s the day to make sunscreen a part of your everyday routine.

Tip #2: Use Sunscreen Under Your Makeup

Sunscreen in your makeup is terrific. But, to really protect your skin, it’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you put your makeup on.

If the thought of a sunscreen followed by your makeup sounds too heavy for the hot summer months, you can use a broad spectrum tinted sunscreen such as EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, so it’s the only thing you wear.

With this tinted sunscreen, you can ditch your moisturizer, too, as its superior hydration also increases skin smoothness, softness and decreases wrinkles.

Don’t forget to use sunscreen on your décolletage and neck to help prevent sun damage.

Tip #3: Find a Sunscreen That Feels Good

Don’t skip sunscreen because you don’t like how it feels or looks on your skin.

Try a few until you find one that glides on easily, absorbs quickly into your skin and feels good.

Tip #4: Reapply Throughout the Day

Just because your sunscreen carries a high SPF label doesn’t mean it will last you all day.

Here are the rules of thumb for sunscreen:

  • Reapply every two hours.
  • Reapply more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • In the water? Use a water resistant sunscreen. Check the label, it will tell you how often to reapply. It could be less than an hour or up to two hours.
  • Reapply sunscreen to dry skin.

Tip #5: Take Advantage of the Shade

Some of the best advice is to stay out of the sun in peak hours – think 10 am – 2 pm. If that’s not possible, seek out shade to avoid the sun’s damaging rays.

Another alternative? Wear a hat. If you’re running out doors, throw on a baseball cap. If you’re visiting the zoo, don a wide-brimmed hat. Working in the yard? Wear long sleeves.

And, don’t forget, wear sunscreen, even in the shade.

Final Thoughts

It’s never too late to start protecting your skin from the sun. Even if you incurred sun damage in your teenage years, protecting your skin know can stop the process of additional damage.

Already noticing sun damage in the form of aging skin, brown spots and wrinkles? Infinity Medical Aesthetics can help undo the signs of sun damage and aging.

If you’re interested in talking with a member of our skincare team looking at ways to reduce the signs of aging, request a consultation with Infinity Medical Aesthetics at the Plastic Surgery Center or call us today at 316-688-7500 to learn about your options.

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