New Sunscreen Recommendation: Reapply Every 75 Minutes

New Sunscreen Recommendation: Reapply Every 75 Minutes | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

New Sunscreen Recommendation: Reapply Every 75 Minutes

It’s one achievement to apply sunscreen every time you’ll be exposed to UV rays (including if you’re working near a window indoors). However, RefinedMD professionals also urge every client to reapply sunscreen every 75 minutes. This is a shorter timeframe than what has been recommended in the past (every two hours), but it is the new standard, and it’s important that everyone gets on board.

Summer is here, and with it comes a higher risk of sunburns with the longer days. Reapplying sunscreen nearly every hour may take some getting used to, and many benefit from setting an alarm. Depending on where you live or travel, you might find that you don’t tan or burn even if you only apply sunscreen in the morning—but that doesn’t mean sun damage isn’t occurring.

It can take years for sun damage to become visible, and it’s the most common cause of age spots, moles, an increase in freckles, and fine lines and wrinkles. In some cases, sun damage can also turn into skin cancer. Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but the good news is all types of skin cancer are largely preventable.

It’s no surprise that a lot of people love to embrace summer clothes and swimsuits. However, this leaves a lot of skin exposed that is otherwise protected under long sleeves and pants. Skin that isn’t accustomed to sunlight and UV rays is especially prone to burning and sun damage. While wearing loose layers and wide-brimmed hats in the summer months is a fantastic way to decrease sun damage, for many people their sole protection is sunscreen. If it isn’t used correctly and reapplied every 75 minutes, it’s almost as risky as going completely unprotected.

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June is also the time of year to check expiration dates of your sunscreen. Expired sunscreen is much weaker and won’t offer the same level of protection. It might be time for an upgrade, and your dermatologist can recommend the best sunscreen for you. Consider it your best accessory for summer 2019, and call RefinedMD at (408) 688-2082 for sunscreen recommendations or to schedule your annual skin check.