On average, people don't put on enough sunscreen. Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Even with new label requirements setting a higher standard for manufacturers, the majority continue to make the same mistakes when applying sunscreen. A recent article in MedPage Today titled “Sunscreen: New Labels, Same Problems” details how the labeling mandates have helped, but the two most common problems remain: not putting on enough sunscreen and not reapplying frequently enough. Joel Schlessinger MD warns his patients of the importance of proper sunscreen application and reapplication.

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the proper amount of sunscreen required for optimal protection.

You need a generous amount of sunscreen to completely cover and protect your skin. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends his patients apply a full ounce, or the equivalent of a full shot glass, to protect the whole body. Sunscreen needs to be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Joel Schlessinger MD says it is also important to reapply at least every two hours, and even more often if swimming or sweating.

Sunscreen is an important part of your daily routine, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

When you’re spending time in the sun, don’t forget to protect your ears, the part in your hair and any bald spots on your head. These places are easily burned and often forgotten when applying sunscreen. Sun protection is also important even when you’re not in direct sunlight. Car windows block UVB rays, but not UVA rays, which can cause premature aging and significant sun damage.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends sun protection clothing for another layer of UV defense. Look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), a rating that measures UV protection provided by fabric. Wearing a hat can also protect your scalp, face and neck from direct sun exposure.

Do you have a sunscreen question for Joel Schlessinger MD? Share with us in the comments.

Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Filed Under Category: Sun Protection, Sunscreen Tips
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