How has new technology made sunscreen application less of a hassle?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Sunscreens today come in many different forms that make them easier to apply, including gels, sprays, lotions and sticks. Sprays are easier to use on children who don't like to sit still, and they can help you get those hard-to-reach areas like your back. Gels are good for hair-covered parts of the body, such as the scalp or chest (in men). No matter which type of product you choose, it won't protect you adequately unless you use it correctly. Spray or rub on sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside, and make sure you cover all exposed areas of your body. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.


Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
New technology has made sunscreen application less of a hassle. A couple years ago, fine mist sprays began to allow you to apply sunscreen to your own back and help you get it on your kids' skin as you chased them around. The newest delivery system called wash-on uses encapsulated active sunscreen ingredients in a cleanser. Because the sunscreen is positively charged, it has a magnetic attraction to the skin (which has a natural negative charge), so the active ingredients cling to your face and stay there. Right now, the products provide an SPF of only up to 15, so they aren't enough for a day at the beach. But this could be an easier way to incorporate sun protection into a daily routine, especially if you have oily skin and like to wash it in the morning. Since it's not a lotion or cream, this innovative formulation doesn't leave a sticky, greasy residue.
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