Choosing The Right Sunscreen

Choosing a sunscreen seems simple, but with so many brands and variations available on the shelf, deciding which product best meets your needs can be difficult.

  1. Always choose a broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVB and UVA rays.
    UVB rays cause sunburn, the SPF (sun protection factor) listed on a bottle refers to that product’s ability to block UVB rays. Although UVA rays do not cause sunburn, they will penetrate deep into the skin, causing wrinkles and other skin changes. Since exposure to UVA rays can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer, it’s important to use sunscreen products that block both UVB and UVA rays.
  1. Use products with an SPF of 15 or higher for adequate UVB protection. If you would normally develop sunburn after 10 minutes of exposure, applying a product with an SPF of 15 will multiply that by a factor of 15, meaning you could go 150 minutes before burning. Determining exactly which SPF is right for you depends on your skin type and if you have any underlying skin conditions or sensitivities. SPF 15 is effective for most people, those with fair skin, freckles, or light hair should use products with higher SPFs. Individuals spending extended amounts of time in the sun or who have family members that have developed skin cancer should also opt for sunscreens containing higher SFPs.
  1. Water or sweat resistance options. If you will be exercising or enjoying the water poolside or at the beach, make sure you purchase a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant. These products are not waterproof, so don’t forget to reapply regularly.
  1. Kid-friendly and sensitive skin sunscreen.
    These products are often made without ingredients like alcohol and certain fragrances or preservatives that can be more irritating to those with sensitive skin.

While choosing the right sunscreen is important, applying it correctly is essential for proper protection against the harmful effects of the sun. Apply before you go outside using a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Remember sunscreen wears off, reapply if you have been out in the sun for more than 2 hours or after swimming or exercising.

Health News + Events

What to Expect With COVID-19 & Back-to-School Protocols

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in early 2020, it turned life upside down for more than 50 million school-age children across the country. In fact, according to Ed  Read More

TikTok Health Hacks: Safe or Sham?

No matter your preferred social media channel, you’ve likely seen viral health hacks for everything from congestion to snoring to weight loss. We turned to our team of certified  Read More

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Somers, NY