WASHINGTON - Dr. Mike Varshavski, PEOPLE's Sexiest Doctor Alive of 2015, says keeping your skin protected in the summer sun comes down to the basics.
"People think that sunblock is the end all to prevent skin cancer. It's really not," he said. Here’s Dr. Mike's ABC'S of Sunscreen Tips:
The sun is strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can use clothing, hats, and towels – even umbrellas! Anything thing you have to keep the sun from hitting your skin will work!
If you can’t cover your body – apply sunblock. And after you apply it once – reapply! Most sunblock last only two hours.
Dr. Mike says most people apply sunblock the WRONG WAY! He said reapplication is the key to using sunblock correctly. Another myth busted – there is no such thing as ‘waterproof’ sunblock. Even those need to be reapplied as well.
And remember to apply sunscreen to the areas we often times forget. The ears, the back of the hands, and legs are often forgotten.
Dr. Mike says it takes about 30 minutes for sunblock to start working. He advises to apply it 15 minutes before going out so that your skin can get a good dose of vitamin D.
Here is Consumer Report's list of Best Sun Protection: http://www.consumerreports.org/sun-protection/get-the-best-sun-protection/
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Keep your skin healthy by keeping your body hydrated. Dr. Mike says properly hydrating can prevent heat stroke. Plus, the skin feels better and looks better.
Harmful UV rays can cause cataracts. Put on some shades – be stylish! Plus, the area around the eyes stays covered as well.