‘Sunscreen is one of our best weapons in the fight to slow the signs of aging, but many people misunderstand how it works and make mistakes when using it. These little mishaps can wreak havoc on your skin and may lead to sun damage, even when you’re try+ing to protect your skin.
Read on to discover the truth behind these common sunscreen misconceptions.
Use Sunscreen Once and You’re Good All Day
Fact: Sunscreen is not a one-and-done product. To work at its best, it needs frequent reapplications. Sweat and water can wash sunscreen off the skin. Chemical sunscreens start to break down and lose effectiveness after a few hours in the sun.
When you hit the beach or head for an all-day hike in the hills, bring your sunscreen along. If you’re sweating or swimming, plan on reapplying your sunscreen every one to two hours.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Fact: For sunscreen to be effective, you need to use enough product. Odds are that the correct amount of sunscreen is more than you think.
For your face, use a dollop about the size of a nickel. For your body, you’ll need more. Experts recommend applying approximately 2 milligrams of sunscreen per centimeter of skin. Before you pull out your calculator and start doing the math, this works out to about a shot glass full of sunscreen for the average-sized person.
Apply sunscreen liberally to all sun-exposed areas.
I Don’t Need Sunscreen, I Work Indoors
Fact: Landscapers and construction workers aren’t the only professions that see a lot of sun. Your walk to your car, your daily jog, and your lunch in the park all expose your skin to UV rays. If you work near a window, be aware that damaging ultraviolet radiation can penetrate glass and cause sun damage.
Sunscreen needs to be a daily habit. Use it every day, every season, and in every type of weather. Rain or shine, don’t forget your sunscreen!
Sunscreen Is the Only Way to Protect Your Skin
Fact: Sun protection works best when you approach it from multiple angles. Sunscreen is only one tool in your arsenal for fighting sun damage.
Other ways to protect your skin include:
- Covering up with clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
- Seeking shade when you’re spending time outdoors.
- Scheduling outdoor activities for non-peak UV hours. The sun is strongest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
A Little Sun Won’t Hurt My Skin
Fact: A little sun can cause a lot of damage, which is one of the most significant contributors to premature aging. UV rays can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging.
Prevent future sun damage by using sunscreen regularly. If you already have sun damage, come see us at MAE Plastic Surgery. Chemical peels and laser treatments are effective options for rejuvenating the skin and treating sun damage.