If you are planning to spend time at the lake or by the pool this summer, you are (hopefully) remembering to pack the sunscreen and apply it properly before you do. While this is a great habit to be in, more and more evidence is pointing to sunscreen not just being a thing you should wear when you will be outside all day.

In fact, many dermatologists recommend that wearing sunscreen every day, even in the winter, is wise.

To help you learn the facts about how sunscreen can help your skin and how often to wear it, your AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team has the facts for you below.

How Does a Daily Sunscreen Routine Help Me?

While getting a sunburn is one of the worst things you can do for the long-term health and wellness of your skin, even mild, prolonged exposure to the sun can increase your chances of developing skin cancer.

Research has shown that while spending time outside directly under the sun exposes us to the most UV rays, you also get UV exposure inside windows. So you can be getting sun exposure in your car and even inside your office.

Where to Apply Sunscreen

  • The face
  • The neck
  • The tops of the ears
  • Anywhere else where the skin is exposed

Should I Wear Mineral or Chemical Sunscreen?

While both mineral and chemical sunscreens are effective, many people find that they have a preference for one or the other. In general, mineral sunscreens are a more natural choice—they do not contain as many chemicals, and they sit atop the skin to deflect UV rays instead of absorbing into it.

However, the best sunscreen is the one you will wear regularly and properly, so whatever your preference is should be the kind you go with.

Types of Sunscreen

  • Lotions
  • Balms
  • Sprays
  • Creams
  • Gels

If you have been feeling under the weather, we are here to provide you with the best care possible. Contact your AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team today to see how we can help.