Protecting your skin against the harsh sun can make all the difference this summer. Your skin will thank you for taking the few extra minutes out of your day to protect it!
The American Academy of Dermatology Association provides tons of useful information about sunscreen and how to apply it. See below for some of their advice for sunscreen this summer.
What is SPF?
SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement that indicates the amount of protection from ultraviolet B and A rays, which cause sun damage to your skin. Sunscreen, which contains SPF, is the protector against harmful UV rays.
Who Needs to Wear SPF?
Everyone of all ages should wear SPF! Sunscreen should be worn by everyone regardless of your gender, race or age. Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UV rays which can cause discoloration in your skin, wrinkles and even cancer. Taking a couple extra minutes to apply sunscreen before you go outside can make all the difference for your skin.
Where Do You Need to Apply SPF?
For optimal sun protection, applying sunscreen on all exposed skin is key. Dermatologists recommend using around one ounce of sunscreen to cover all exposed skin, or around the amount in a shot glass. A SPF of 30 or higher is recommended for a safe amount of sun protection.
When Do You Wear SPF?
You should be wearing sunscreen every day you are outside! Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate clouds and still manage to damage your skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even when it is cloudy, 80 percent of harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
Why Should You Wear SPF?
Not only does SPF keep your complexion even, youthful and healthy, but it also protects you from developing cancerous tumors from sun damage and scarring to the skin.