They are even more vigilant about sunscreeniStock/grinvalds
Most dermatologists apply sunscreen every morning, all year long. However, in the springtime, it’s especially important to be vigilant about protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. “When spring arrives, we all have cabin fever and spend more time outside than we did in the winter,” says Dr. Day. “The most important thing is to make sure you use sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy.” Apply every morning, and reapply every two hours. If you get wet, apply every hour. Use makeup that has SPF protection? It may not be enough. “A lot of makeup foundation has SPF 15 in it, which is not very efficient,” says Dr. Ngo. “I would recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.” If you’re taking a spring break vacation, make sure you lather up with sunscreen when you’re on the beach or even if you’re just sitting next to a window—say, in a car during a road trip.
They go hat shoppingiStock/mediaphotos
A fun way to protect your skin: Hit the mall. “Try to find some nice, fun hats,” says Dr. Day. “Get in the habit of wearing one outside. I also like finding fashionable sun protective clothing.” Look for a broad-rimmed hat, which protects the face and scalp from sun damage better than, say, a baseball cap. If you know you’ll be exercising outside and sweating, look for UV-protected clothing. Sun protection on clothing is measured by UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor)—the higher, the better. A fabric with UPF of 50 will allow only 1/50, or 2 percent, of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. To compare, a white T-shirt has an average UPF of 7.