Put simply: There’s no excuse not to wear it suncream. Dermatologists could talk for days about the importance of wearing SPF every day, rain or shine, even when you’re indoors. Fortunately, there are sunscreens for all needs, preferences and skin tones. Want sunscreen that doesn’t irritate super-sensitive skin? A tinted sunscreen for subtle coverage? Rest assured, even the pickiest of people can surely find a formula with at least SPF 30 (as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology) that’s perfect for them.
You shouldn’t just wear sunscreen before You go outside, but you also have to remember to reapply every two hours or so. Otherwise, your skin will be exposed to too much harmful ultraviolet rays — especially the sun’s dangerous UVB rays — and get sunburned, said Shari Marchbein, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously Curls. “Sunburns may seem temporary, but they can cause long-lasting skin damage by significantly increasing the risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, and sunspots,” she says.
In addition to sunscreen, Loretta recommends Ciraldo, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Miami and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare to limit exposure during hours of peak UV intensity and to wear breathable protective clothing.
If it’s too late for preventive measures and you get a blatant sunburn, drink plenty of water and repair your skin barrier with a soothing moisturizer (many are called after-sun products, by the way), anti-inflammatory pill to reduce puffiness, and definitely do Not Popping or touching blisters.
To help you further, we’ve rounded up 13 dermatologist-approved post-sun skincare products to soothe your sunburn and speed up the healing process.
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