HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
If you are concerned enough about the health of your skin to regularly apply sunscreen, be sure that you use enough. With this in mind, make sure that you use at least nine teaspoons of sunscreen when you go to the beach or partake in other outdoor activities that require head-to-toe coverage. This formula entails using at least one teaspoon of sunscreen to cover your face, head, and neck (and ears); two teaspoons for your front and back torso; one teaspoon for each arm (forearm and hand, too); and two teaspoons for each thigh, leg, and foot. If you are using a spray-on sunscreen product, be sure that all skin surfaces have a glossy coating.
Despite your most diligent efforts in applying broad-spectrum sunscreen, you can’t completely protect your skin from invisible damage and age-related spotting. It is important to have whole-body screenings done annually by an accredited dermatologist. The skilled doctors at ELMHURST DERMATOLOGYcan diagnose existing or potential skin problems. Call us at 630-832-2111 to make an appointment at our well-equippedoffice located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. New patients are alwayswelcome. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. Broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 is the minimum protection recommended by dermatologists.