Sunscreen may be a summer staple for you and your family as the temperature grows hotter and days are spent in the sun; however, paying attention to how you’re blocking rays goes much further than just lathering up. During the summer season as well as throughout the year, take note of these sun protection do’s and don’ts to keep your skin healthy!



  • Don’t simply rely on the power of sunscreen to protect your skin! Go the extra mile by seeking out shade or wearing sun protective clothing. Hats and sunglasses commonly feature UV protection!
  • Don’t forget your lips, ears and feet! It can be easy to apply sunscreen to your legs, face, and arms, but these other features can suffer just as much from too much exposure. 
  • Don’t assume sunscreen is just for fair skin. Regardless of skin type or tone, everyone requires protection against harmful rays. Preventing sunburns can reduce risk of skin cancer, keep your skin appearing youthful and healthy, and even prevent sunspots.


  • Do use a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 for the most effective protection. 
  • Do look for a sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays, as well as a seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation or the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Do apply sunscreen everyday, regardless of how sunny it may be. You may be more likely to apply it on sunny days, but cloudy days make it even easier to burn, as clouds only block 20% of UV rays. Apply sunscreen even when driving, as the glass windows do not protect you from the sun.
  • Do apply ahead of time. It is common to wait until arriving to your outdoor destination to put on sunscreen, but applying at least 15 minutes prior allows the sunscreen to absorb into the skin and offer the best protection. 
  • Do get outside! Getting small doses of Vitamin D, which comes from sunlight, is healthy. If you come into too much contact with the sun, it is wise to use a regimen to counteract UV damage, such as a facial. 


 Enjoy that summer sun in moderation, and if you think you may have skin damage from the sun, schedule an appointment with your physician.