Clinical and research dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf shared her summer skin care tips with us for keeping skin safe this summer, including what number SPF is best, how often you should really be applying that sunscreen and other ways you can get the most out of your SPF products this season.
Tip #1: SPF 50+
In the summertime months, Dr. Graf recommends that you wear at least a minimum of SPF 50 or more. To the discussion over whether sunscreen over SPF 30 is any more effective than SPF 50, Dr. Graf says: “Yes!” But even at a higher level it still needs to be applied much more often than you think. Leading us to Tip #2.
Tip #2: Re-apply every 40 minutes
Despite what you may have been previously taught, for maximum skin coverage in the summer months re-application should be occurring every 40 minutes. Regular re-application is even more important if you have been sweating or in the water. Dr. Graf also says that sunscreen should be the last item applied to your face, on top of your makeup.
Tip # 3: A shot glass of sunscreen
One of the biggest sunscreen mistakes commonly made is not applying the right amount of sunscreen in the first place. Dr. Graf says that a shot glass worth of sunscreen is the proper amount to spread around your body.
Tip #4: Lotions, Sprays, Powders – which is best?
Sunscreen has come a long way and is now available in many forms. Deciding which one is best for you has more to do with your lifestyle. Sprays can be excellent for those on the go, especially for families, but ensuring you are using the proper amount of sunscreen is crucial to sprays offering maximum protection. Dr. Graf encourages her clients to steer clear of powders as the only type of sun protection. Two product recommendations from Dr. Graf: Glytone Continuous Spray SPF 50 for the body and Avene High Protection Tinted Compact for the face.
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