I'm a big advocate of sunscreen. This pale girl doesn't do much beyond freckle when I'm outside, not a look I'm fond of for me. I also have a mom that's avoided the sun most of her life, and now you can really see a big difference in her looks when you compare her to some friends that worshipped the sun. My goal is to be my mom, younger looking than my friends, and to avoid the clumps of freckles.
I've written a lot about sunscreen. I have a whole Sunscreen 101 series, a ton of sunscreen reviews and I even obsess over whether a product is actual full UV spectrum coverage or just broad spectrum. (And yes, it does make a difference!)
But, there's a lot of things you should be doing to protect your skin all summer long, not just wearing sunscreen. So, I asked a few of my favorite dermatologists what their advice is for a day out in the sun. Do they recommend using anti-oxidant creams after sun exposure, any hydrating lotions, etc?
Brian Zelickson, MD is the founder of MD Complete Skincare
"Physical protection, hats with brims, sunglasses, lip balm, etc. I do really like adding anti-oxidants as well both before and after sun exposure and retionoids after exposure. Hydration is key as well so best to use products that also have good moisturizers in them like MD Complete."
David Bank, MD is a Dermatologist at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY
"Try to stay in the shade if possible and always reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect sensitive areas and constantly rehydrate.
After sun exposure, apply a lightweight moisturizer with soothing aloe. Lighter lotions tend to be absorbed into the skin faster than heavy creams.
Using antioxidant products will help fight age lines and free radical damage from the environment."
Eric Schweiger, MD is a Dermatologist at Clear Clinic Acne Treatment Center in New York City
"Besides sunscreen, I would recommend using an antioxidant serum containing vitamin C to help combat free radicals and provide a secondary line of protection against UV rays."
Karen Stolman, MD is a Dermatologist in Salt Lake City and she writes Skinality
"Yes, I like the anti-oxidant serums for before and after sun exposure. In addition, the oral supplement called Heliocare can be taken prior to sun exposure."
Debra Jaliman, MD is a Dermatologist in New York City
"Wraparound sunglasses, hat, sun protective clothing. After the sun, moisturize with antioxidants."
Haley Kulow is a makeup artist and esthetician in New York City
"Drink tons of water, avoid hot showers after, aloe is the best after a day in the sun since it naturally cools your skin.
Apply moisturizer directly after washing your face to lock in hydration."
"Protective clothing and hats area must! Having an umbrella can help as well. After sun always hydrate your skin with a serum . Look for one that is anti-inflammatory (Red Tea), hydrating (hyaluronic acid) and soothing (aloe, camomile or oatmeal)."