Why You Need SPF 50 Sunscreen, According To Dermatologists

Republished with permission from Musely an Evio Community Partner

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It’s officially May and the weather is lovely, and I’m tempted to go out and soak up some sun rays for some vitamin D goodness. All while using sun protection of course. I remember back in middle school, magazines were recommending we wear a minimum of SPF 15; if you wanted to be extra safe, you were using SPF 30. Nowadays, dermatologists recommend using at least SPF 50 if you’re spending time outside.

Wearing sun protection is so important. Using sunscreen prevents premature aging and wrinkles caused by UV rays (score!), but more importantly, it will help prevent skin cancer. There are many types of skin cancer, but melanoma—a dangerous form of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body—is on the rise.

To protect yourself, cover up with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and other clothing. And if you must show skin, keep it protected with sunscreen! The sun’s rays are also strongest from 10 AM to 4 PM, so if you can avoid it, avoid direct sunlight during those hours.

While the SPF rating on sunscreen is determined by lab tests on how long it would protect you in the sun, its effectiveness in real life is always different. We tend to sweat off sunscreen or not apply enough in the first place and that diminishes its effectiveness. That is why it’s so key to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and apply a generous amount. To make sure you have enough protection, go for at least SPF 50. If you can find a sunscreen with higher SPF, feel free to try it out. But remember, just because it has a higher SPF doesn’t mean you don’t need to reapply.