Here on the coast of Florida, we love our sunshine.  But how can we prevent sun damage that seems inevitable?  Here are some frequently asked questions to “shine some light” on the topic.

Does sunscreen expire?

Actually, it does! Most sunscreen packaging includes an expiration date, and it should be discarded after that date.  If it does not have an expiration date, then a good guideline is to discard it after 2 years.  The age of SPF can disrupt the product’s effectiveness in protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays.

How often should I reapply?

Again, some sunscreens will come with recommendations on how often to reapply.  You should always apply sunscreen daily as a part of your usual morning routine.  However, a day at the beach or a day of yard work would justify reapplication every 80-120 minutes, as sweat and contact with water will reduce the SPF’s effectiveness.

Can sunscreen be harmful to me?

No. Think of sunscreen as a superhero for your skin, reflecting away all of the harmful UV rays that inflict sun damage and cause premature signs of aging.

Our office recommends you use SPF 30 or higher and wear sunglasses and a hat while enjoying your time in the sun.  Call (850) 784-7722, Ext 321 today to schedule a complimentary skin consultation with our Aesthetician, Ashley, to find which SPF is right for you!

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