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Your Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen Application, According to Dermatologists

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Here are some tips to try the next time you are having fun in the sun!


We all know how important it is to slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors, but did you know that it's equally — if not more — paramount to apply SPF even when you are inside. Or that you really should be reapplying about every two hours? 

Because the hard and fast rules of UV protection are often blurred, we've reached out to dermatologists to find out the truth behind sunscreen, when to wear it, and for how long.

1. Sunscreen should be worn daily, no matter your location — indoors and outdoors.

2. For everyday wear, sunscreen should be applied to the face, as well as other areas of concern.

Sunscreen should be worn on all over the face, ears included, Cover your entire face with sunscreen, as well as your neck and hands, If you're not sweating a lot, you can just apply it first thing in the morning.

3. The magic SPF number is 30.

The American Academy of Dermatology always recommends an SPF of 30, because it is clinically proven to be a sufficient amount of protection to reduce or minimize the adverse effects of sunlight. 

4. You should reapply every couple of hours.

"Ideally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating heavily. The best time to apply sunscreen is before you go outside because there are [fewer] distractions and you can make sure that you have adequately covered all exposed skin areas.

As for how much, about a thin layer on both the face and body, which equals a shot glass's worth for the entire body and a dime-sized dollop for the face.

5. Mineral sunscreen is dermatologist-recommend.

Blame it on chemical sunscreens' controversial ingredient list, but dermatologists seem to all agree that mineral sunscreen is your best bet for sun protection.

6. Your clothes can count as SPF, too.

Sun protection doesn't just involve slathering on sunscreen. Be sure to wear sun-protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses.  UV exposure is the number one cause of premature aging in the scan as well as skin cancer.

7. Your lips need protecting, too.

People forget to protect their lips and skin cancer in this area can be particularly dangerous. Everyone needs lip balm with SPF. Our pick? The Supergoop Play Lip Balm SPF 30 with Acai, it's packed with rich shea butter and nourishing vitamin E.

Here at Riverview at Nyack, NY we know how important it is to stay protected while being outdoors.  By taking advantage of our tips & tricks, we hope that you can easily maintain a healthy lifestyle!




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