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Sunscreen Tips + Tricks

Written by: Dr. Molly Menser DO, FAAD, FAOCD, Board Certified Dermatologist at Sunflower Dermatology & Medical Day Spa

While most people own sunscreen, many people who get sunburned didn't use enough of it or didn't reapply it during their time in the sun or water. Follow these tips and tricks to safely wrap up your summer fun!

What to look for in a sunscreen:

SPF 30 or higher: Don't go less than that, but feel free to go higher.

Water resistant: There is no water proof sunscreen.

Broad spectrum: Protects from UVA and UVB rays.

Expiration date: Never use expired sunscreen.

Our favorites: Sheer zinc oxide and titanium dioxide mineral products that don't make you look like a lifeguard. Try SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, Avene Mineral Hydrating SPF 50, Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder SPF 50.

How to apply sunscreen: 

Always apply it at least 15 minutes before going outdoors.

Apply 1 ounce to the body not covered by a swimsuit.

Reapply every 1-2 hours when outside.

Reapply every 40 minutes after swimming or sweating.

Reapply after towel-drying.

Warning against spray products: They blow away in the wind, should not be inhaled and are flammable. You must rub them in after applying!

Wear it daily on exposed areas. Rain or shine. Summer or winter. This fights against skin cancer and premature aging. Tip: Try the Fair & Fashionable BB cream for daily SPF 30 protection that is cosmetically elegant for the face! All proceeds benefit our mission to reduce the rate of skin cancer in young people. Available here.

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