Use sunscreen daily
Freckles form and darken in the sun, so it’s important to wear sunscreen, cautions Lindsey A. Bordone, MD, board certified dermatologist and instructor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center. “You should wear a daily sunscreen and wear a strong one.” In addition to adding freckles to your skin, too much sun damage can put you at risk for skin cancer. If you have fair skin, Dr. Bordone recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40 year round.
Reapply. Reapply. Reapply.
A single daily application of sunscreen may not be enough. Freckled and fair skinned individuals should reapply anytime they think they may have washed off or wiped off their sunscreen. “If you’re out in the sun and you’re sweating a lot and wiping off your brow, you’re also wiping away sunscreen,” Dr. Bordone explains. “You should reapply every 60 to 90 minutes.” The same goes when you’re spending a lot of time swimming or playing in the water. Check out these other sunscreen mistakes you may be making.