Sunscreen – The Down-low From a Dermatologist

Dr. Lauren Fine is one of our board-certified dermatologists and Media Ambassadors. She weighs in on sunscreen…. Did you ever wonder if that Sunscreen is still good, or doing its job? Here are a few things she can say on this topic:

Here are a few things she can say:
Summer is here which means it’s time to talk SPF!
*Sunscreens do expire.  Don’t just pull out your bottles from last season.  There’s a good chance they are expired and will not be as effective
You are probably using too little sunscreen!  For an average size person, the amount of sunscreen lotion or cream applied to a full body should fill a shot glass.  And if you are out all day long, your SPF should be reapplied every 2 hours.

*No sunscreen is 100% waterproof.  Sunscreens can be labeled “water resistant,” which means they can better withstand exposure to sweat or water, but they still must be reapplied regularly.
*Sunscreen ingredients such as zinc and titanium dioxide which used to leave your skin white and pasty are now often formulated into much smaller particle sizes, which means they will rub in much better.  These ingredients are considered physical blockers, which means when applied to skin they literally form a barrier that blocks out the harmful effects of UV rays.  They do not need to be absorbed by the skin to become effective and are often less irritating than other types of sunscreen.
*The super high number SPFs like 75 and 100 will not allow you to stay out all day long and not get a sunburn.  Even the highest number SPF still have to be reapplied every two hours!


Available for Interviews:
Dr. Lauren Fine

Contact: Jo Allison
Success In Media, Inc.

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