Is Hands-Free Sunscreen the Future?

Posted September 24, 2017 by Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Imagine…you get to the beach, tote bag full of all your goodies, ready to bask in the glory of a beautiful day, except one crucial element is missing—your sunscreen.

Applying sunscreen whenever you head outdoors is the most effective way to protect your skin from UV damage that causes wrinkles and brown spots, and can even lead to cancer. Thorough application every 2 hours you are outside is key to ensure maximum protection, but this is easier said than done for many of us (if you’ve ever sported a weird-shaped sunburn because you missed a spot, you’re not alone).

What if you didn’t have to worry about taking time to painstakingly smear on just the right amount of cream, or even packing extra SPF in the first place?

Turns out, there’s a promising solution to these sunscreen dilemmas—the SnappyScreen touchless sunscreen system. Refinery29 recently featured this rather ingenious invention, and we were intrigued.

It’s like a touchless car wash for reapplying your SPF

The SnappyScreen is a touchless sunscreen booth that emits a 360° mist of SPF (similar to a spray tan). The customer gets in the booth, enters their height on a touchscreen menu, and chooses an SPF level (15, 30 or 50). The booth spins around and sprays you from head to toe in 10 seconds…voila! Skin protected.

Does hands-free sunscreen work?

According to the dermatologists surveyed in the article, yes, it does work. Of course, you would need to choose an SPF that matches your skin tone and sun sensitivity—we recommend a minimum of SPF 30. Also, you’d need to get back in the booth every 2 hours, minimum.

You can find SnappyScreen at select hotels throughout the United States, including some Marriotts and Hiltons. Keep your eyes peeled—they might be coming soon to a beach near you!

Skincare concerns? Don’t wait until next summer.

Here at the Parker Center in New Jersey, we’ve worked extensively with patients who want to reverse sun damage, as well as people undergoing treatment to repair skin cancer lesions. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Parker has achieved beautiful results for his skin cancer patients, but it’s still better to avoid skin cancer surgery if possible, and being diligent about sunscreen use is one of the best ways to do that.

If you’ve ever read our blog before, you know how we feel about taking care of your skin. Working with a qualified professional is of utmost importance, whether you just want to look younger or need to address serious sun damage. If you have any questions about the best ways to take care of your skin, contact us today. We would be glad to help!

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