SunScreen Q & A
Should I always wear sun screen
It would be my opinion that sun screen is not necessary all the time. We learn that a certain amount of sun is necessary for health and it has been estimated that people need at least 15 minutes of sun daily. Recently there have been more and more individuals lacking adequate Vitamin D to maintain good health. My theory, while sunscreen is necessary to prevent damage to the skin we have overused sunscreens to the point of creating Vitamin D deficiencies.
Therefore wearing sun screen at all times might not be your best choice. The exception to this is if you are taking photosensitizing drugs, have just done peel, etc.
Can you recommend a SPF of 30 and higher?
No...Most of these higher SPF sunscreens are chemical based and I therefore do not make recommendations.
But what if I will be outside all day, what should I use?
There are several sunscreens on the market that will help prevent damage/burns during extensive periods of sun exposure. As said, I will not recommend any one in particular but do think if it is a choice between having your skin burned or working with the chemical sunscreen, I would opt for the sunscreen.
What Sun Screen do I wear?
Spring, summer and fall my go to product of choice is the SunSreen Spray SPF 29 for when I am going to be in the sun for more than 15 minutes or driving my car with the sun on one side of my face for more than 15 minutes. Otherwise I don't wear sunscreen when I am in the office, clinic or just at home.
Winter time when the sun isn't quite as harsh and less humid I will use the P & R Day Cover SPF approx. 15.
When my husband and I go fishing....ekes...we are on our boat 6 - 10 hours in the Florida sun and heat...we slather on a pure zinc and titanium oxide sun block with as few chemicals as possible and we do look very very scary, ghostly!!! Most assuredly not a time to pose for a glamour photo shot.