People often use sunscreen only at the beach. The truth is harmful UV rays from the sun can penetrate your skin anywhere, even while in a car or walking outside. Up to 80% of UVA and UVB rays can reach your skin on a cloudy day. To maintain healthy skin, you want to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine.
There are many types of sunscreen; the best ones have a Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, of at least 30. At this level, 97% of the sun’s UVB rays are blocked. Higher SPF numbers block slightly more ultraviolet radiation. However, no sunscreen blocks all UVB rays; remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you stay outside, even on a cloudy day or whether you sweat or go swimming. Regardless of the SPF number, a sunscreen will last the same amount of time.
Sunscreen lotions are what most people are familiar with. However, sunscreens come in spray form, which can be convenient and effective if applied evenly. Spray lotions are often easier for parents to use with children. Some moisturizers, foundations, and lipsticks have built-in sunscreen, which is good for daily protection but not extended exposure. Sunscreen sticks are effective for protecting spot areas such as the nose and ears, while sweat- and water-resistant products can stay on your skin after you get wet. If you have sensitive skin, mineral or hypoallergenic sunscreens provide a non-irritating solution.
Even if you use sunscreen regularly, it doesn’t give you 100% protection against the sun. The Laser & Dermatology Institute of California offers state-of-the-art RF and laser treatments, which enable us to provide the best skin treatment services in Southern California. If you notice skin discolorations, premature wrinkles, or sun damaged skin, we can provide personalized treatments that yield quick results with minimal downtime. Schedule a free consultation today at our main location—LDI of Covina.