Basic Guidelines and Tips for Sunscreen Use

Date Published: April 12th, 2016
Blog Category: Acne, Dark Spots, EltaMD, Epionce, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, SPF, Summer Skin Care, Sun Protection, Sunscreen, Tanning

With the warmer days ahead, and the sun finally making an appearance, we are all excited to head outdoors for our weekend adventures. Whether it is a day of hiking, playing at the beach, or just doing some outdoor gardening –  don’t forget to apply, and then reapply your sunscreen!

Here are some basic guidelines for sunscreen use:

  • Apply sunscreen that has both UVA/UVB protection with at least an SPF of 30 .
  • It is best to apply about 10-15 minutes before venturing outdoors.
  • Once is not enough.  You must reapply approximately every two hours, or every 80 minutes if you are swimming or sweating.
  • Some sunscreens that we love are:  Elta MD for face and body, Colorescience in a convenient powder brush, Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion, and Solbar which men tend to like because of it’s clear, gel, non greasy formula.
  • Avoid sun exposure between 10am – 4:00pm when UV rays are at their peak.
  • Seek shade when possible, and wear a broad brimmed hat.  There are a variety of clothing and hats with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) built into the fabric. This makes an ideal choice for sun protection for babies and active children.
  • has a great list of sun-protection products and recommendations.
  • Don’t forget to protect your eyes from the sun as well.  This can help you avoid possible eye disease, often caused by sun exposure.
  • Look for sunglasses with 100% UV absorption on the label for ultimate eye protection.

Have a fun and sun-safe spring and summer!

Lesia Garringer, LE