We asked an expert: Do I need to wear sunscreen under my face mask?

Rachel Schoutsen
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We asked an expert: Do I need to wear sunscreen under my face mask?
We asked an expert: Do I need to wear sunscreen under my face mask?

It's been a long winter, but spring is finally here, and as the pandemic continues, many of us are heading outside with half our faces concealed under a mask.

So — do you have to wear SPF protection under your mask?

Melanie Kinglsey, associate professor of dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine, says masks don't typically provide a lot of protection from the sun, but ones with a thicker thread-count would provide a higher degree of it.

Even when wearing a mask that claims to provide high SPF protection, dermatologists still recommend wearing sunscreen underneath.

Watch the video above to learn more.

Thumbnail image courtesy/Sora Shimazaki.