December is here, but that’s no reason to skip out on the sunscreen. Learn how to apply sunscreen this winter, and save yourself from unexpected burns from time spent outdoors. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a sunburn during winter months. In northern states, sunburns are usually caused by sunlight reflecting off snow and ice, which is especially problematic when skiing, hiking, or sledding. And while Miami’s proximity to the equator saves us from snowfall and ice, we also happen to receive more direct sunlight than other states during winter months, making it important to stay proactive in the fight against sun damage. In this article, Dr. Mariano Busso shares a few key tips on how to apply sunscreen for maximum skin protection and sun burn prevention.
How to Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen only works when applied correctly. Choose sunscreen that offers these things:
- Use broad- spectrum sunscreens, which help protect from UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher that is also water resistant.
- Apply sunscreen before exposing to the sun.
- One ounce of sunscreen is required to cover all exposed areas of the body. An ounce of sunscreen is about the amount that can be held in the palm of your hand.
- It takes approximately 15 minutes for the skin to absorb the sunscreen.
- Rub the sunscreen into the skin. For areas like the back, use a spray sunscreen or ask someone to help.
- If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide brimmed hat.
- To protect your lips, apply lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after being in the water.
- Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days and in the winter.
Skin Care and Facial Enhancement with Dr. Busso
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