The 6 Rules of Wearing Sunscreen, According to Dermatologists

August 14, 2021

It’s a must-have in your summer skincare lineup, and you know it protects your skin from cancer, photoaging, and hyperpigmentation (more on that here), but…

Do you really know all of the ins and outs of wearing sunscreen?

Since even the most dedicated skincare aficionados can get confused about how much, how often and when to apply sunscreen, we chatted with three dermatologists to get the answers to top sunscreen questions. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Choose a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.

The American Academy of Dermatology (and the dermatologists we consulted) recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. They also suggest choosing a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” on the label, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

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2. Going swimming? Give your sunscreen ample time to dry.

“Water-resistant sunscreens are useful when participating in water activities, but it is important to apply the sunscreen 15-30 minutes prior to getting wet, allowing the sunscreen to dry completely beforehand,” says Dr. Young McMahan, a Texas-based board-certified dermatologist.


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