Facts about Sunscreens

  • Everyone needs sunscreen!
  • Many studies have found an association between sunburns and enhanced risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • You should wear a broad-spectrum (protects again UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 all year.
  • SPF stands for sun protection factor. This rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin to the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on unprotected skin.

Sunscreen Use:

  • Sunscreen should be applied to exposed skin even if not going outdoors. UVA rays can penetrate window glass, leaving you prone to its damaging effects if unprotected.
  • Sunscreens should be applied before make-up
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days.
  • Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15-20 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Apply to all exposed areas-paying particular attention to the face, ears, hands, and arms.
  • One ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly.
  • Apply a lip balm with a SPF of 30 or higher. Lips can get sunburned too.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Even “waterproof” sunscreens need to be reapplied after swimming and toweling off.

Sun Protection:

  • Wear protective clothing (long-sleeve shirts, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat) when outdoors.
  • Seek shade. Especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

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