Not Enough! Sunscreen FAQs

By Dr. Kimberly Neyman

Dr. Kimberly NeymanTo understand why, let’s look at what type of sunscreen is best:

  • Look for products labeled “broad spectrum.” This indicates that the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Of note, the SPF rating only denotes how much UVB protection a product contains.
  • Physical blocking sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) with an SPF of at least 30 are best.
  • Physical blockers work the instant they are applied to the skin. They stay on top of the skin blocking the sun’s harmful rays and are not absorbed into the bloodstream like many chemical sunscreens.

Doesn’t my makeup or moisturizer have enough coverage?

  • No! These products rarely provide adequate UVA and UVB coverage and typically contain less than the recommended SPF rating.

Do I need to wear sunscreen daily? Even in the winter? How often?

  • Yes! Sunscreen should be worn daily, even during the winter and when it is overcast. At least 70% of the UV rays reach the earth’s surface even on a cloudy day.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at least every two hours while in the sun continuously and more frequently if swimming or sweating excessively.

Am I at greater risk for skin cancer and photodamage as a Coloradan?

  • Yes! The sun increases in intensity by roughly 6% with every 1,000 feet of elevation gained. As a result, the sun is over 30% more intense in Denver than it would be at sea level.

If you want to enhance the appearance and health of your skin, Colorado Skin and Vein has a dermatological treatment that is right for you from reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with CO2 fractional skin resurfacing to improving uneven pigmentation and sun spots with chemical peels and photodynamic therapy. Board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist Dr. Kimberly Neyman will help determine the best treatment for your unique skin issues.

If you have any additional questions regarding the use of sunscreen or protecting your skin from the sun’s rays, schedule your consultation with board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist Dr. Kimberly Neyman. Call us today at 303.683.3235 or fill out our online contact form.