Research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that many Americans aren’t protecting their skin as much as they should. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked people how often they use sunscreen when out in the sun for over an hour and only 14% of men said they regularly slathered on sunscreen. The study found that women, at 30%, were twice as diligent about putting on sunscreen. Men were more likely to report never using sunscreen. The numbers are a little better when researchers asked about the face alone: 42.6% of women say they regularly protect their faces, while 18.1% of men say they do. The research also found that nearly 40% of sunscreen users were unsure whether their sunscreen provided broad-spectrum protection. The Academy recommends “everyone choose a sunscreen with a label that states it is ‘broad-spectrum’, has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and is water-resistant.” Our Aesthetic Center offers trusted products you can purchase any time – NeoCutis Journee (SPF 30), which is a tinted moisturizer you can wear as a foundation, and Epionce UltraShield (SPF 50). Other important news published in Science finds that “the effects of sun exposure can continue to wreak havoc on your DNA – even in the dark.” Investigators say that as much as half the harm the sun does to the DNA in skin cells occurs up to three hours after exposure via a chemical process they call the ‘dark pathway’.