Adding 1 Minute To Your Skincare Routine Can Make All the Difference

Adding 1 Minute To Your Skincare Routine Can Make All the Difference

Summer is here and you can smell the scent of sunscreen on everyone’s skin. It’s a huge priority for me to ensure my Nashville dermatology patients know the benefits of applying sunscreen - as you well know - but today, there’s another component of it that can help take your skincare up a notch.

Based on research published in Photodermatology, the authors studied 31 healthy volunteers and precisely how they use sunscreen - specifically, if the time they spent applying sunscreen related to the total amount of sunscreen used.

Their results showed that men and women both applied a constant amount of sunscreen per minute during their first and second applications, but 15% less was applied on the second application. Sound like you, too?

The science it boils down to is simple: the more time you spend applying sunscreen, the better protected you’ll be from the sun! This study showed that overall, spending 4 minutes applying sunscreen is better than 3 minutes. My dermatology practice always, always tells our Nashville patients to apply a zinc-based sunscreen cream prior to leaving their home - really take your time and be sure to cover all exposed skin with the cream.

Think of it as your armour for the entire day: your first application of sunscreen is truly the most important step before you leave the house. After that, you can leave the cream at home; but have a zinc-based sunscreen spray on hand if you’ll be outside for longer than 3-4 hours to reapply.

So, next time you’re ready to take on the day in the Nashville sun: time yourself, and take at least 4 minutes to ensure you apply the cream thoroughly to all areas accessible, especially while wearing a bathing suit. Trust me - you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel, and will probably realize that usually the process is more rushed than it should be!

Don’t have a zinc-based sunscreen on hand? We have just the thing. Shop our sunscreens online here or in-person at a Skin Solutions Dermatology practice near you.

Need help with your skin? Visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.


Source: Photodermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD