The Sun is Fun, but Protecting Yourself is Key
Is it just for kids and vacations?
Everyone needs sunscreen. Anyone can get skin cancer regardless of age, gender, race or location. If you are going to be exposed to the sun you need sunscreen. Period.
There are so many products out there, how do you know what to use?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following
- SPF 30 or higher
- Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
- Water resistance
What does water-resistant or sweatproof mean?
Sunscreens are not waterproof and all need to be reapplied however some sunscreens may last longer in the water. Many bottles will state how long you can go between applications (water-resistant: 40 minutes or very water-resistant: 80 minutes). They all require that you reapply when in the water.
Do you have to reapply sunscreen if you haven’t been in the water? Is applying once in the morning enough?
No. Even if you haven’t been in the water, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours.
Is a sunburn really possible on cloudy days?
Yes. Up to 80% of the suns UV radiation reaches the earth even when it’s cloudy. Your skin might not feel as warm, leading to an even more serious burn.
Other things to consider:
What if I need both an insect repellant and sunscreen -should I select two products or use a combination?
This is personal preference, as long as the sunscreen meets the requirements above. If you choose to apply two separate products always apply sunscreen first, then the bugspray.
If I apply body and face lotion daily -when do I apply my sunscreen?
This one can go back and forth. The main goal is that you have sunscreen on regardless of the other products you choose. If you apply it first or last -you want to make sure its there and generously applied.
Bottom line, wear sunscreen. Wear it every day reapply often to protect your skin!