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HOW TO USE SUNSCREEN RIGHT

While enjoying the sunnier weather, don't forget to use sunscreen on your face, neck, hands and body. But you might be wondering: how much sunscreen should I use and how often?

Here's our opinion... As a dermatologist, we recommend applying the amount of a teaspoon for your face and around six full teaspoons for your body. Use a SPF of at least 30 or higher to assure the best protection against skin damage and wrinkles.

And how often should you reapply sunscreen during the day? Well, this depends on where you are going. When your skin is exposed to direct sunlight, we recommend reapplying sunscreen every 2-3 hours.

Often we get the question whether a moisturizer with SPF is sufficient to get you through the day. It is not. let us explain: the goal of sunscreen is to form a protective layer on top of the skin to shield it from damaging rays. However, although your moisturizer may contain a SPF 15 or 30 according to the label, the amount you put on your face will not be enough to achieve that much coverage, and it will be diluted out by the moisturizer. In the end you will only have an SPF of 10 to 12 on your skin effectively.

So... how to use sunscreen right?


The best way to apply is to put on moisturizer first, then apply an SPF 30 or more each morning at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.


Is your skin showing signs of damage by the sun? Dr. C. Dierickx is there to guide you through the right treatment for you.