Important things you should know about sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential product that should be part of everyone's daily skincare routine. It is not only used to protect your skin from sunburn but also helps prevent skin cancer, premature aging, and other skin damage caused by exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun.

Here are some important things you should know about sunscreen:

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a lotion, spray, gel, or cream that is applied to the skin to protect it from the sun's harmful UV rays. It contains chemicals that absorb or reflect UV radiation and prevent it from penetrating the skin.

How does sunscreen work?

There are two types of UV rays that penetrate the skin - UVA and UVB. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots, while UVB rays cause sunburn and skin cancer. Sunscreen works by blocking or absorbing these UV rays, preventing them from damaging the skin.

How do you choose the right sunscreen?

Choosing the right sunscreen can be overwhelming, with so many options available in the market. Often we see clients not using sunscreens because they purely hate the look or feel.   Here are some factors to consider when selecting a sunscreen:

  • SPF (Sun Protection Factor): The SPF of a sunscreen indicates the level of protection it provides against UVB rays. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 most of our sunscreens found in clinic offer a higher level of protection at SPF50.
  • Broad-spectrum protection: Look for a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Our AIRYDAY range also protects against blue light rays which are omitted from mobile phones and computer screens. 
  • Skin type: If you have oily skin, choose a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen. For dry skin, choose a moisturizing sunscreen.
  • Water-resistant: If you are planning to spend time in the water, look for a water-resistant sunscreen.

At Lisa Rush Skin Clinic we have taken the time to consider the above and within our AIRYDAY range there is a sunscreen to fit all skin types and concerns. 

How much sunscreen should you use?

It is recommended to apply at least one ounce (about a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover your entire body. Be sure to apply it 15-30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming.

Tips for using sunscreen effectively:

  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, ears, neck, and any other areas that are not covered by clothing.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming.
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days as UV rays can penetrate through clouds.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, when you are outside for extended periods.
  • Avoid being in the sun during peak hours (10 am - 4 pm).

In conclusion, using sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. It is important to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type, apply it correctly, and reapply it frequently. By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy the sun without compromising the health of your skin.