5 Things Even Smart People Get Wrong About Sunscreen

At our practice, we help many patients who seek non-surgical skin care treatments. Most who visit us want to rejuvenate tired-looking skin after years of being exposed to environmental damage and the natural aging process. Part of our skin care treatment philosophy is to help each patient develop a better routine at home to get the most out of their time with our team of experts. Sometimes, patients are surprised that our top recommendations usually involve sunscreen.

Let’s clear the air about some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding sun protection. Here are five things that even the smartest people get wrong about sunscreen.

Get in the Habit of Wearing Sunscreen Every Day

One common sunscreen mistake is to only reach for it when it’s sunny outside. Over time, this can lead to an enormous amount of damage to your skin because it’s still absorbing UVA and UVB rays- even if you don’t see the sun. Try to get into the routine of using sunscreen every day. Your skin will thank you!

There’s More to Sun Protection than SPF

Sunscreen manufacturers like to boast high SPF numbers to show off their products’ protection, but SPF doesn’t tell the whole story. Instead of a super high SPF, look for sunscreens that specifically offer “broad spectrum” protection. This will make sure you’re protected from the full range of the sun’s harmful rays.

You’re Never Too Old for Sunscreen

Parents often have no problem putting sunscreen on their kids before they step out on a sunny day, but they sometimes neglect their own skincare because they think they’re “too old” for sunscreen. This could not be further from the truth. The risk for some types of skin cancers actually increases with sun exposure as you age.

Sun Protection is More than Just Sunscreen

In addition to using sunscreen as a first-line barrier against the sun’s harmful rays, you should also consider accessories and clothing as sun protection. The sun’s warmth on your skin feels great on a hot summer day, but think about packing a hat or other type of covering to periodically cover your skin if you know you’re going to be outdoors most of the day.

Remember to Apply Sunscreen Before You Get Dressed

Most people don’t realize that UVA and UVB rays can permeate to their skin through their clothing. This can be especially true in warmer climates with a higher average number of sunny days. A useful tip we give our patients is to apply sunscreen before you get dressed. If you’re going out during the daytime, make sure your whole body is protected.

Contact Us to Learn More about Non-Surgical Skin Care

Unfortunately, unscientific information about skincare has become pervasive. If you’ve ever gotten one or more of the aforementioned things about sunscreen wrong, you’re in the majority. From texture to tone to skin hydration, there’s a vast amount of skincare information that many just don’t have access to.

We’re here to help! If you want to re-think your skincare routine and learn about some of the exciting treatments available, call for a consultation with Dr. Zochowski and our team of skincare experts.

Use our website to send us a message or call our Columbus, OH plastic surgery practice at (614) 490-7500 to schedule a consultation.