Apparently, not enough. A recent study indicates that physicians rarely educate their patients on adequate sunscreen use and proper sun-protective behaviors, despite its importance year-round.
According to the researchers, an estimated 20 billion patient visits occurred nationwide and at only 0.07% did physicians mention sunscreen. Dermatologists addressed the topic most, but still only at a minimal 1.6% of visits. Perhaps most surprising, children were informed about sun protection the least.
The takeaway? If you’re concerned about sun safety, don’t assume your doctor can read your mind. Take the initiative – voice your concerns at your next appointment. Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen! Save yourself a step and use a moisturizer that contains SPF, like our Rejuvenating Day Lotion SPF 30.
Read more about the study here.
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