I'm a dermatologist, spin fanatic, yogi, wife, salad lover.  And now, a blogger.  So welcome to the work in process.



Hey everyone!  I hope your first week of July has been fun... and I hope you're all doing your best to survive in the summer heat (as high as 100 over here, 110 in Africa where my hubby is at!). 

I had so much positive feedback to "heating up" and sun protective clothing, so I thought I'd do a short post on sunscreens that I'm loving this summer.   I could go ON AND ON about sunscreen, but I'll keep it focused for y'all.

First, I'm going to give y'all the essential tips for SPF

  • Broad spectrum (i.e. covers UVB and UVA). UVB gives you those burns and UVA linked to photoaging!) 
  • SPF 30 or higher. SPF 30 is only going to cover ~95% of the UVA and UVB hitting your pretty face so BACK IT UP with a good hat and sun shirt!
  • Apply your sunscreen GENEROUSLY. You need one ounce (a shot glass) to cover exposed areas of the body.  A thin layer isn't going to give you the SPF advertised on the bottle. 
  • REAPPLY every 2 hours (especially when working out or at the pool)
  • Try to get one with a PHYSICAL blocker (look for the metals on label- titanium, zinc)

Now, the questions I get ALL THE TIME from friends, family, and patients

  • Do you need to wear sunscreen in the car?  

    • YES.  Windows shield UVB but NOT UVA.  See below

UVA and aging

This truck driver is a GREAT example of what the sun can do over time through your car's window! source: NEJM


  • When should I apply before going out?
    • 15-30 minutes before activity
  • Do I need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day?
    • YES.  Still a ton of UV hitting your skin (up to 80%!!). 
  • What's a physical blocker? Do I need it?
    • Good question!  There are two types of UV protective agents: chemical blockers and physical blockers. Chemical blockers absorb UV ray while physical blockers scatter or reflect UV rays. Physical blockers give great UVB and UVA protection and are my go-to especially for my face. They are also amazing if you have sun spots that won't let up with a chemical blocker and with photosensitive conditions (polymorphous light eruption being a more common one). 

  • Will sunscreen make me breakout?
    • The actual sun protective components of sunscreen won't make you break out!  It's all about how those special chemicals are formulated.  Look for "non-comedogenic" on the label! 

And now my favorites!  Here we go! 


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