The most common questions we receive are how to choose a sunscreen and how to minimize sun damage. First, always choose an SPF of 30 or higher that provides UVA and UVB protection. You get more protection as the SPF factor increases, but the difference is less the higher you go.
Creams are generally preferred for most situations; powders and sprays are ok but make for less consistent coverage. Many over-the-counter products perform well but for specialty sunscreens with anti-redness or anti-aging properties, speak with your dermatologist. Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology, for instance, carries Revision Intellishade, an anti-aging formula that is a unique blend of three peptides and broad-spectrum SPF 45 UVA and UVB protection.
Apply about a shot glass of sunscreen to cover all sun exposed areas; amount may vary depending on exposure and body size. Reapply at least every two hours or as instructed. If sweating significantly or if in water, you might need to reapply more often. We offer SkinCeuticals Sport, a broad-spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen that is tested under the most extreme athletic conditions and won’t interfere with your workout. It’s marathon runner tested!
Also, don’t forget wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to minimize UV damage. Try to position your activities or break areas in the shade and, when in direct sun, try to avoid the highest intensity hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Important to Remember!
Often the effects of sun exposure do not show up until decades later, so the damage sustained in your teens and twenties will show as you get older. Always look for new or changing spots on your body and contact a specialty-trained dermatologist right away if you have a concern.
Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology carries a full line of skincare products for every skin protection need – from acne control and uneven skin tone to anti-aging and extreme sport protection.
Call us anytime and we’ll be happy to find the right skincare product for you!
Albert E. “Bo” Rivera, DO
Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology