Why Your Regular Sunscreen May Not be Enough

Ahh the outdoors! Whether it’s sunny and warm outside or cold and windy, there are so many things that summon us to the great outdoors. Summer days call for the beach, while in the winter we head off to the ski slopes or our backyards to make snow angels. But regardless of the temperature, it is important to take care of your skin – and that starts with proper sunscreen use.

With a slew of recent findings about the harmful effects of the sun, many of us have become relatively vigilant about sun protection. So chances are that you’re already pretty good about applying sunscreen, wearing wide brim hats and avoiding the tanning oil when you’re out, right? (Right??)

However, even if you are slathering on the sun block, you might still be noticing wrinkles, sunburns, or the dreaded new spots, and you may not be alone. Studies have found that over 90% of the visible changes in skin commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. Additionally, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 2 million cases diagnosed each year, according The Skin Cancer Foundation.

So what gives? As it turns out, many of us only have a basic knowledge about the issue and we may not be taking the proper measures to fully protect ourselves. Some of us don’t realize that sun care is a year-round concern, or aren’t aware that there are different types of sunscreens for different times of the year.

Sunscreen application tips for outdoor activities

With all this in mind, we offer a few tips from Bob Bonham, founder of the Strong and Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, N.J., to better our understanding on how to make sun protection really work for us.