In addition to developing sunburned skin from excessive sunlight exposure, you can also develop several types of skin cancers that can lead to serious health issues. Millions of individuals are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and the primary cause is exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light. In the past, many individuals didn’t have access to sunscreen products, but today, you can find several brands and types. It is essential for everyone to protect the facial and body skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but during the summer and warmer months, you may spend more time outside, leading to additional problems. In addition, if you have a lighter skin tone, you are more likely to have sun damage. To avoid any ramifications from spending time outside, you should apply sunscreen products on your skin. Here are some general tips to make the process of choosing and applying sunscreens easier.

Tips for Using Sunscreen

When you look at the wide assortment of sunscreen products available, you may feel confused by the options. However, there are various tips that you can use to help you find the best product for your wants and needs. Some of the basic things to consider include:

• What is your age?
• Do you have sensitive skin?
• Do you perspire a lot?
• Do you want tinted sunscreen products?
• Do you need sunscreen for your face and body?
• What skin tone do you have?
• How much protection do you need?
• Is the sunscreen product easy to apply?
• How long will you remain under bright sunlight?
• Will the sunscreen product attract biting or stinging insects?
• Do you need water-resistant sunscreen products?
• Can you wear sunscreen products that contain fragrances?
• Do you understand the sun protection factor number?

How Do You Apply Sunscreen Products?

You might keep a bottle of sunscreen lotion in your vehicle, but this is a bad place to store the item. An automobile will become hot from the sunlight, ruining the sunscreen product. Make sure to apply sunscreen at home before going outside. Apply it at least 15 minutes before your sunlight exposure. Remember that you are also exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays when you are driving or riding in a vehicle. It is better to transfer a portion of the sunscreen product into a smaller container to carry it with you in a pocket or a backpack while you are outside. In addition, most sunscreen lotions, sprays or creams only offer protection for one to two hours. The products also stop working optimally when you perspire a lot or go swimming. That means you must apply sunscreen products to your skin frequently, making sure to cover all of your exposed skin.

To learn more about sunscreen products and how to protect your skin, make sure to reach out to Dr. Karyn Grossman and the team at Grossman Dermatology. As a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and an expert in all things dermatology-related, Dr. Grossman is the go-to dermatologist in the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica areas. In fact, she was recently featured in an article about tanning and sun exposure, which is available here. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started on your journey to achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin!

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