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Tips for Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Which sunscreen should I be using?
There are many different sunscreen options. We recommend sunscreens that provide broad protection against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or above. Sunscreens either have mineral ingredients (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) or chemical ingredients.  For patients with sensitive skin or eczema prone skin, we recommend sunscreens that contain mineral ingredients.

What does SPF mean?
SPF stands for the Sun Protection Factor and is the theoretical time that allows you to stay in the sun without getting a sunburn. For example a sunscreen with SPF 30 theoretically allows you to stay in the sun 30 times longer than it would normally take you to burn with no sunscreen.

How should I apply the sunscreen?
Sunscreen should be applied in an even layer to all exposed areas of skin. It should be reapplied every 2-3 hours and after swimming.

Why do I still burn even though I apply sunscreen?
Make sure you are applying enough sunscreen to your skin. We recommend 1 ounce equivalent to the size of a shot glass to cover the whole body.  Another challenge is remembering to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.  In addition I would recommend broad brimmed hats and sun protective clothing. These can be purchased in many stores and online.

Not sure if your sunscreen is keeping you protected?
We carry EltaMD® broad-spectrum sunscreens which are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. You can also add to your skin protection with SPF Make-up from ColoreScience.

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