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September 27, 2021

Why You Need to Continue Sunscreen Use This Fall

Fall is here. You did a good job wearing sunscreen this summer. Now you can start to relax right? Not exactly. You need to keep up that sunscreen use! 
  
But The Sun Is Less Intense Now, Right? 
Yes, and no. It’s true that shorter days bring fewer minutes of sun exposure. But you’re getting hit with more direct sunlight in the Fall, especially later in the day. That’s because the sun is lower in the sky. 
  
Say “No” to Skin Cancer 
It’s the most common form of cancer and affects one in five adults.  
  
The Sun causes 90 Percent Of Aging  
The majority of visible signs of aging—wrinkles—are the sun’s fault. Keep the sun off, keep your youthful good looks.  
  
I’ve Got Sunshine On A Cloudy Day  
Just in case you have the temptation to skip sunscreen because it’s cloudy outside…don’t. Yes, sometimes less UV reaches the earth’s surface on a cloudy day. But the sun is still there and it’s still hurting your skin.  
  
How Long Does It Take To Get A Sunburn? 
It takes only 15 minutes for the sun to damage your skin. Think wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. And since sun damage is cumulative, it’s best not to let it add up—even in small doses. 
  
Your Phone Is Also Damaging Your Skin 
Our screen time doesn’t drop just because the temperature does. Between our phones, laptops, and desktops, many of us are on screens all day. Blue light energy ages our skin.  
  
Get Excited About Sunscreen 
So how do you overcome the sunscreen fatigue that sets in after summer? Treat yourself to a new product for your face and hands. We recommend Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 
  
Still Need To Get Excited About Sunscreen? 
We all have excuses to not wear sunscreen properly. Below are solutions to overcome them:  
 
Excuse: no time                          
Solution: sunscreen & foundation combo 
 
Excuse: acne-prone  
Solution: use a chemical sunscreen 
 
Excuse: I forget my hands     
Solution: carry travel-sized sunscreen with you 
 
Excuse: daily facial sunscreen seems feminine      
Solution: try our sunscreen for men 
  
Sunscreen’s Effectiveness Diminishes 
Dermatologists say sunscreen gets weaker by the hour. It’s effectiveness degrades under direct sunlight. Some data suggests that higher SPF sunscreens last only six hours. 
  
You Need To Re-apply Sunscreen 
But how does a woman do this after her makeup’s on? Adding another layer of tinted sunscreen is one option. So is using a sunscreen powder that contains SPF. A sunscreen powder is okay to spruce up your protection as the day wears on, but don’t rely on it alone.  
  
How Much SPF Do I Need 
Our dermatologists recommend sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. But this only protects you from UVA rays. You also need protection from UVB rays. That’s why we need to focus on broad spectrum SPF that protects against both. We recommend West Dermatology Antioxidant Moisturizing Sunscreen Spf 50
  
What Exactly Do UVA and UVB Rays Damage? 
UVA rays give us wrinkles, age spots, sagging, dullness, and large pores. On the other hand, UVB rays lead to tans and sunburns. You need protection from both.  
  
Cover Your Hands 
Your legs and arms are enjoying the protection of long sleeve clothing this Fall. Your hands (on the other hand) aren’t. They’re still vulnerable to the sun's damaging rays. Sunscreen helps.  
  
Continue to use sunscreen even though the temperature outside is dropping. Want to learn more? Book a consultation with one of our dermatologists today! They're happy to see you for an annual skin exam and to answer all of your sunscreen-related questions, too.