The people of Washington do, occasionally, see blue skies and sunshine. The sunshine may remind you to wear skincare products that offer some protection from the sun – but did you know that you should be wearing sunscreen every time you go outside, even if it’s cold and cloudy? Read on for some other sunscreen facts!
Are You Using Sunscreen Correctly?
Sunscreen really is an incredible invention. If you get the right kind and you put it on when you should, it can protect your skin from life threatening skin cancer, and it can also help to keep skin looking smooth and youthful. You just have to make sure you use it right:
- Choose the right kind. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays; the A rays get deep down into the skin and the B rays affect the upper skin layers. For maximum protection, choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Choose the right strength. “SPF” on the label stands for “sun protection factor,” and the higher this number is, the stronger the protection. If you have fair skin, an SPF of 50 or more should be used; for most skin types, an SPF of 30 is good enough.
- Apply it when you should. You should wear sunscreen every time you go outside, even on snowy and cloudy days. It is best to apply it about half an hour before you go outside, so that your skin can absorb it and it can start working. Reapply it every 2 hours if you stay outside.
Spring and summer are coming, even if it might not feel like it quite yet. When you decide to head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine (or the rain and clouds), don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen before you do – it really does make a difference for your health and your skin. If you need a skin care product that offers protection from the sun or if you need help dealing with wrinkles and other sun damage, contact Amara Medical Aesthetics in Bellevue, Washington. Call (425) 455-2131 for an appointment today!