Sunscreen Tips For Healthy Skin

As spring showers start to give way to warmer, sunnier days the clothing layers start to dwindle, but a new important layer must take their place: sunscreen! Skin protection from damage caused by ultraviolet rays must be a summertime priority. Each year, over 200,000 cases of melanoma – the deadliest type of skin cancer– are reported in the United States. That’s why sunscreen is such an important factor before you head out on a sunny day!

Most people think that they can slap on a blob of sunscreen and they’re good to go. However, the way you apply can determine how effective the sunscreen is. Follow these tips for the most effective UV-ray protection:

  • Apply up to 30 minutes before going out. Give the sunscreen time to work into your skin before you head out into the sun.
  • Cover any exposed areas. Have a friend help with the back of your neck if needed. Don’t forget your ears!
  • Apply sunscreen daily, even if it’s cloudy. Harmful UV rays can even penetrate through clouds.
  • Reapply regularly. Sunscreen degrades over time in the sun and can easily be washed off if you’re swimming. A good rule is to reapply at least every two hours.
  • Don’t always believe “waterproof” labels. You should still reapply even if a label says it is waterproof or longer lasting.

Check the label. Look for approval from organizations like the American Academy of Dermatology, Skin Cancer Foundation, or the Environmental Working Group.

Even if you are diligent in your sunscreen application, it’s important to also be vigilant about skincare. If you are out in the sun often – even if you regularly apply sunscreen – make it a habit to check your skin for any abnormalities, new bumps or moles, or any changes in old spots or moles. If you do suffer a sunburn, your best bet for care is through soothing moisturizers, cool to lukewarm baths, and a visit to your board-certified dermatologist if it is severe or painful.

If you’re reeling from a sunburn or have noticed any skin abnormalities, it’s time to give us a call here at Old Bridge Dermatology. Our skin care specialist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, has been caring for patients’ skin for over 30 years. With expert experience treating skin, hair, and nail conditions such as acne, dandruff, eczema, fungus, and so much more, he is here for you. Call our convenient Old Bridge, NJ office today at 732-679-0222 to schedule an appointment.