What SPF Should You Use

Michele Green talks about sunscreen and what the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) number should be in order to protect your skin from sunburn. She also discusses how much is the right amount of sunscreen to use and how one tube of sunscreen shouldn’t last the whole summer.

Video Transcript: Now that the warm sunny weather is upon us it’s really important to start thinking about the properties of sunscreen and protection against the sun.

I tell patients to buy an SPF 50, that is probably going to be the gold standard until there is further testing, the SPF 15 will protect you against probably 93% of sun rays, if you go up to an SPF 50, you probably protected against 97 to 98% of ultraviolet rays, so as long as you buy the broad spectrum – SPF with that sunscreen protection, with a 50, I think you’ll be well protected.

But of course again you have to re-apply it and put enough sunscreen on, they recommend now using a whole fluid ounce of sunscreen to apply to your face.

One fluid ounce would be like a shot glass of sunscreen, you should go through that tube that tube should not last you for that whole summer, you know you’re doing something wrong if you have it for a long time.

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