Applying Sunscreen Correctly

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So my amazing videographer just asked me to cover a topic on sunscreens, and so Josh this one is directed to you. All right, so he went for a long run yesterday and, Colorado’s beautiful, and our sun is strong. So he did what he was supposed to, he put the sunscreen on and he went out and about, and he was working hard. So he was sweating a lot and he was wondering at the end of his run, Gosh, how much sunscreen is still on the top of the old dome? It’s a good question, and it really depends on a couple of things. Number one, Did he put it on correctly, and remember when you read the bottle it says you’re supposed to put your sunscreen on 15 to 20 minutes before you get out and about in the sun, and one of the big reasons for that is to give it a chance to soak in, because if you put it on and then you immediately head out the door for that run then it hasn’t set in and you start to sweat and it will wash it away easier. So give it that 15 to 20 minutes before you get in the sun. Tip number two, the more waterproof your sunscreen is, the longer it’s going to last. Tip number three, if you’re gonna be out and about and you know you’re gonna be exercising a lot, go with the higher SPF because they do give more protection and as those start to wash away or degrade, you’re gonna have maybe going from a hundred to a fifty to a thirty, instead of starting out with an SPF of 30 and go to 15 or 10 if that makes sense. Next tip, guys sun protective clothing. It is way better than any sunscreen will ever be, because if you get this stuff and actually wear it, anything that’s underneath it is going to have the SPF of what the label says It has whether you’re dry or wet or hot or cold or on your first mile or on your fiftieth mile. So remember your sun protective clothing is way better. Last, we have lots of videos on sunscreen. Including me telling you what my favorite ingredients are, but let’s recap. It’s zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or a combination of the two, because those are the physical blockers. They reflect the Sun rather than just change the energy of the Sun. Remember, get out there get that thirty minutes of exercise a day because it will help you from head to toe, and keep yourself protected while doing it.

Make sure to wear your sunscreen anytime you are outside!