The SPF Sunscreen You Really Need

May 30, 2017

While we’re proud to offer a wide selection of dermatology services in order to help give your skin a healthy and radiant glow, it’s also important to practice good skincare habits in your everyday life. As your Venice, FL dermatologist, we want you to be able to attain (and maintain) healthy skin, which is why we’re glad to give you helpful tips to accomplish this. One recommendation we have for you is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. While this may seem excessive, the truth is that sunscreen is an important product that will go a long way in giving you the beautiful skin that you deserve.

The Importance of Sunscreen

It should go without saying, but unprotected sun exposure can be very dangerous. Sunlight consists of ultraviolet rays that can make skin age prematurely and even cause skin cancer. Don’t think that this is purely an occurrence in the hot summer weather though – the sun’s UV rays can be just as damaging in the cold winter months. By applying sunscreen, you’ll be able to block out most of these damaging rays, help protect your skin, and practice great skincare.

The Different SPFs

One of the first things that you’ll notice about sunscreen is that they have SPF numbers. SPF, known as sun protection factor, refers to the ability of the sunscreen to block out ultraviolet B rays. The higher the number, the more ultraviolet B rays the sunscreen will block out. Also, the number signifies how many times longer it will take a person to develop a sunburn. For example, by putting on SPF 30 sunscreen, it will take you 30 times longer to develop a sunburn than if you didn’t wear any sunscreen at all. People who don’t use sunscreen are more prone to hyperpigmentation. When that happens, they turn to a hyperpigmentation treatment like Lumecca IPL by INMODE.

Which One Should You Use?

After reading that, it may seem like it’s best to use sunscreen with the highest possible SPF, including those that reach the triple digits. It’s really not though. Truthfully, SPF in the 30 to 50 range is the way to go. Anything higher than that is pretty much pointless. In fact, the FDA has even suggested changing the highest level to “50+.” The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that a person should apply SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis and SPF 50 sunscreen when participating in outdoor sports or activities.

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