Protective hats and glasses
You don’t have to leave sun protection to sunscreen alone, says. Dr. Lewis. “I recommend SPF clothing, especially for those with sensitive skin, and don’t forget to wear a hat and UV protection glasses,” he says. Look for sun-protective clothing, hats, glasses, and more to give your body better protection against obvious sun damage signs. Plus, you shouldn’t press your luck with sun time, says Dr. Nadiminti. “Sunscreen should not be your only line of defense. Even if you apply sunscreen perfectly, you should still limit your time outdoors,” he says. “Seek the shade, particularly during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is strongest. Cover up with long-sleeve shirts and lightweight pants, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face. Never intentionally tan.” Here are 13 sunscreens top dermatologists use on their own skin.
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Most dermatologists recommend using sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. “Generally, the amount of protection going from SPF 30 to 50 is about 3 percent more effective—from 95 percent to 97.5 percent,” says surgical oncologist James Lewis, MD, director of the Melanoma and Soft Tissue Tumor Service at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Most people aren’t perfect when applying sunscreen, so it’s better to start with a higher number for extra coverage. “Any SPF less than 30 really doesn’t afford you the level of sun protection that you need,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology. Be sure to avoid these 7 mistakes with sunscreen.