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How Much Sunscreen Is Enough?


Dr. Adrienne Denese is a leading expert on the topic of skin care, particularly when it comes to antiaging regimens. She's got a complete line of products available on QVC, from sun protection to antiacne formulations. Thanks to Denese, I'll be sharing some of her tips on how to keep your skin looking its best. Find out what she has to say about how much sunscreen we should be wearing on sunny Spring and Summer days, along with how often we need to reapply, when you read more.

When it comes to the chalky, shiny, pore-clogging, and greasy outcomes that many sunscreens provide, Denese feels your pain. "If your current sunscreen feels just like this," she says, "do not struggle with yourself in trying to wear it every day. Throw it in the trash and find a sunscreen that is a joy to wear."

For the face, Denese says that SPF 30 is a must, with a formulation that includes both UVA and UVB broad spectrum coverage. She also recommends finding a product that provides more than just the benefit of sun protection for the skin. Her lightweight SPF 30 Day Defense Cream ($75) does just that, working as both a day cream and makeup, too. "The color is a unique self-adjusting color that is based on melanin, the inherent color pigment of your skin, so it matches skin colors from snow white to medium dark," she says.

As for how often you should be applying your sunscreen, for an SPF 30, you probably only need to apply once in the morning. "The only exception to this rule is if you are outdoors, sweating, or you are on the beach," Denese adds. Lather up!

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