If you’re like most people, you’re more likely to wear sunscreen during the hottest part of the day, when the sunburn can lead to a skin infection.
But the average person should apply sunscreen on a hot, sunny day at least once a week, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
And there are some good reasons for this: Sunscreen acts as a barrier to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and it helps protect your skin from damaging chemicals, such as UV radiation.
“We should not underestimate the importance of sunscreen,” says Dr. Christopher Prentice, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
“It’s the most important sunblock for the skin.”
In fact, it’s so important that dermatologists recommend sunscreen every day.
So what is the right time to put on sunscreen?
“If the sun is out and the air temperature is in the 70s or 80s, I’d probably use sunscreen,” Dr. Prentice says.
“I’d say a little bit after 8:00 a.m. or something like that, if it’s still cold outside, and then maybe a little after 10:00 if the temperature is warmer.
You know, you don’t want to be wearing sunscreen all day long.”
For example, if you’re in a hotel, you may want to wear your sunscreen as soon as possible after you leave, he says.
If you live in an apartment or condo, you’ll want to reapply it at least three times a day.
If it’s raining outside, you can reapply your sunscreen during a brief shower or when the water is running.
It’s important to be mindful of your skin’s sensitivity, Dr. William A. Norenzayan, a board-certified dermatologist in Atlanta, says.
He advises wearing sunscreen to the fullest extent possible, and you can also apply it in places where the skin is exposed to sunlight.
“If you don?t feel that you need to do this, don?ve it on in places that you know have high UV exposure, such at your front door or at the poolside,” he says, adding that sunscreen should only be used in the shower.
A few other sunscreen choices are: face sunscreen, neck and shoulder sunscreen, and eyeshadow.
Some experts also suggest that you apply sunscreen before going outside to reduce your exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays.
To apply sunscreen, first apply a thin layer to your face.
Then apply the sunscreen to your neck, shoulders, and forehead.
You should then rub your face and neck against the sunscreen, rubbing it into your skin.
You can also rub the sunscreen into your eyes, cheeks, and chin.
Dr. Norenzayan recommends using the same sunscreen that you applied to your skin during the day.
When you’re done applying sunscreen, rinse with warm water.
It should feel like you applied it with your finger.
The sunscreens you use will depend on your skin type and how your skin reacts to the chemicals.
“The best sunscreen is the one that is able to work the best with your skin,” Dr Norenzer says.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that adults use sunscreen at least twice a day, with the exception of when you’re outdoors or when you are outside with your children.
“For children, we do recommend sunscreen because the chemical composition is different than adults,” Dr Richard J. Noll, director of the National Cancer Center’s Division of Dermal Radiation and Phototherapy Research, says in an email.
“But sunscreen should not be applied to children in a sunflower or rose oil cream, because they will not absorb enough UV radiation to cause skin cancer.”
When you apply sunblock or sunscreen, remember that you can apply more than one layer to different parts of your body, Dr Noll says.
It may be worth considering wearing a separate sunscreen when you do your daily makeup, and also applying sunscreen to different areas of your face if you are at risk for sunburn, such a forehead, neck, and jaw.
If there are signs of sunburn on your body and your skin is still sensitive, consider using sunscreen to minimize sunburn.
To get started, follow these steps: Take a shower or bath in cool water.
Apply sunscreen to all of your exposed skin.
Rinse with warm, soapy water.
Wait until the water runs clear.
Apply your sunscreen to each area of your whole body.
You’ll need to reappose sunscreen at each reapplication.
For example: Take your sunscreen out of the tube and into a container.
Rinhe the container and apply sunscreen to a cotton ball.
Apply the sunscreen directly to your mouth and nose, and repeat.
If your skin feels hot and dry, your skin may have a red or puffy rash, Dr Prentice advises.
Use a moisturizer, like a moisturizing cream, or your moisturizer-free moisturizer.
Apply a moistur