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What should a basic summer skincare routine look like? 

For a simple yet effective summer morning routine, I recommend the following skincare steps: Cleanse, vitamin C, moisturize, and SPF. For an equally simple yet effective evening routine, I recommend the following steps: Cleanse, retinol, and moisturize. 

How do I choose the right sunscreen for my skin type? 

If you have oily skin, I recommend using a lighter or matte sunscreen formulated for more acne-prone skin. 

How many times a day should I reapply sunscreen? How much should I reapply? 

Ideally, you should be reapplying SPF every 2-3 hours. You should reapply the same amount that you initially applied, which is 2 finger lengths worth or ¼ of a teaspoon for the face, ears, and neck.

If I’m starting a new sun-safe skincare routine in my 30s and/or 40s. What products should I consider? 

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of age spots, I recommend adding SkinMedica Even and Correct or SkinCeuticals discoloration defense to your routine.

If you are experiencing a change in skin pigment, sun spots, or melasma, tinted physical/mineral SPF is thought to be more appropriate than a chemical sunscreen; however, recent studies have shown this is not true. The SPF that you choose to wear to protect your skin is best! Eltamd UV elements and  SkinCeuticals physical fusion spf (a tinted mineral) are great options. 

How about for sun safety in my 50s+? What products should I consider? 

Isdin—Eryfotona Actinica is a mineral SPF 50 that helps reverse and protect against sun damage. 

Suzi Cohen, PA-C

Suzanne Cohen is a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine. She obtained her Masters degree from Pace University and her clinical training at the prestigious Lenox Hill Hospital. She is board-certified by the NCCPA and is licensed by the New Jersey Board of Medicine.

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