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When it comes to promoting skin health, Coordinated Health Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Gregg Guilfoyle, DO believes there’s nothing better than consistently using sunscreen. “Consistently using sunscreen can prevent your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays (UVA), which have been shown to cause skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer,” he says.
However, with so many choices on the market Dr. Guilfoyle admits that finding the right sunscreen isn’t always easy. Checkout his tips on choosing the right sunscreen and protecting your skin all summer long!
Choose the Right SPF
For general skin maintenance use SPF 30 or higher, if you’ve had recent surgery use at least SPF 50. Above SPF 50 is not generally required
Look at the Ingredients
Dr. Guilfoyle recommends looking for sunscreens with ingredients that include zinc oxide, titanium oxide and natural oils like olive oil or peanut oil that help the sunscreen spread evenly. Also, make sure the sunscreen is labeled as broad spectrum
If you are going to be exercising or in water, look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. But, keep in mind that you may need to reapply more frequently!
Sunscreen is only effective if it is applied properly. If you are only going to be out in the sun for a short amount of time, you can apply 30 to 45 minutes in advance. If you are going to be out for a longer period of time apply your sunscreen 45 minutes to an hour advance
In addition to sunscreen, Dr. Guilfoyle suggests some alternative ways to protect your skin like wearing a hat, staying out of the sun during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and making sure the rest of your body is covered in clothing.