When in my routine should I apply sunscreen?
Sunscreen should always be the last step in your
morning routine. Short on time? Look for makeup
with sunscreen benefits.
Do I need to wear sunscreen
if the sun isn’t out?
Yes, apply sunscreen every day, even when
the sun is hidden behind clouds.
If I have a darker skin tone,
do I need to wear sunscreen?
Darker-skinned people naturally produce more
of a chemical called melanin, which gives the skin
its color and absorbs ultraviolet rays. But that
doesn’t make it immune to damage caused
by the sun. As a matter of fact, skin cancer often
proves to be deadlier for darker skin due to
delayed detection. The bottom line is that it behooves everyone, regardless of skin color,
to use sun protection.
What does the SPF number mean?
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) specifically
indicates the level of protection from UVB rays.
For example: With an SPF 15, you can be in the
sun roughly 15 times longer without burning than
you can without it. However, different variables can
affect this, so pay attention to the specific
directions provided on each product label
(and always check the expiration date).
Can sunscreen go bad?
Yes, replace your sunscreen when you do spring
cleaning. Like most products, it has an expiration date.