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As summer is upon us, it’s the perfect time to talk about one of the most crucial steps in any skincare routine: sunscreen. At Dunedin Well Spa, we believe in empowering you with the knowledge to keep your skin healthy and radiant all year round. Here’s everything you need to know about sunscreen:

1. Why Sunscreen is Essential

Sunscreen is your skin’s best defense against the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV rays can cause premature aging, sunburn, and increased risk of skin cancer. Daily application can help protect your skin from these dangers.

2. Understanding SPF

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, measures how well a sunscreen protects skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn.

Here’s a quick guide:

SPF 15: Blocks about 93% of UVB rays.

SPF 30: Blocks about 97% of UVB rays.

SPF 50: Blocks about 98% of UVB rays.

For daily use, we recommend an SPF of 30 or higher.

3. Broad-Spectrum Protection

Look for sunscreens labeled “broad-spectrum,” which protect against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are primarily responsible for aging and long-term damage.

4. Choosing the Right Sunscreen

For Oily Skin: Opt for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas that won’t clog pores.

For Dry Skin: Look for sunscreens with hydrating ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

For Sensitive Skin: Choose mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are less likely to cause irritation.

5. How to Apply Sunscreen

*Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before sun exposure.

*Use about a teaspoon for your face and a shot glass amount for your body.

*Reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.

6. Sunscreen in Your Daily Routine

Incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather or season. UV rays can penetrate clouds and glass, so protection is necessary even on cloudy days or when you’re indoors but near windows.

7. Sunscreen Myths Debunked

Myth: Sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days.

Fact: UV rays are present even on cloudy days.

Myth: Higher SPF means you can stay in the sun longer. Fact: Higher SPF provides more protection, but you still need to reapply regularly.

8. Our Top Sunscreen Picks

Dunedin Well Spa carries a range of high-quality sunscreens to suit every skin type and need.

Here are some of our favorites:

Farmhouse Fresh Elevated Shade: Ideal for all skin types including sensitive skin. 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

Image Daily Prevention Protect and Refresh Mist: This product is great for dry skin and active, everyday lifestyles. Our hydrating SPF 40 mist is a must-have for women and men.

Visit us for the perfect sunscreen for your skin type and lifestyle, or text/call with questions at 727.910.5677. Our knowledgeable staff is always here to help you choose the best products to keep your skin healthy and protected.

Stay Sun Safe and Beautiful this summer!

Dunedin Well Spa Skincare Team