Application Matters: Spray Sunscreen
While sunscreen in cream and lotion forms are better than sprays, the best sunscreen is the one you will actually use.
Given the popularity and availability of sprays, keep in mind these tips for proper application to make sure you are protected from the harmful effects of sunlight this summer.
- Hold the spray nozzle close the the skin, spray a thick layer until the skin glistens, then rub it in.
- To apply spray sunscreen to the face, spray it in your hands first then rub it onto your face.
- Reapply sunscreen—no matter what type you use—every 1-2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
Remember, adults need 1 ounce of sunscreen to cover sun-exposed skin. That means a 6 ounce bottle of sunscreen should only last 6 applications. How much is one ounce? Think of a full shot glass.
The best sunscreens are broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher, and ideally contain zinc as the active ingredient.
Bewildered by all the choices at the pharmacy? George Dermatology offers a wide assortment of excellent sunscreens for both daily and active wear. Stop by to try a sample. We are happy to help you choose.