Sunscreen Season

April 12, 2015 11:52 AM

You only need sunscreen when the sun is above the horizon, that is, EVERY day. Dermatologists recommend broad screen sunscreen (or sunblock) of 15 SPF or greater, no matter what your skin type or color is. Fair-skinned people need to take extra precautions and use higher SPF. These days, there are many formulations to choose from including lotions, sticks, gels, and sprays. Use the one(s) that make it easy for you to apply without missing spots. While no sunscreen is truly waterproof, choose a water resistant formula if you will be in the water or sweating heavily. Remember, no sunscreen lasts all day, so reapply frequently.

Sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays is a key element in preventing skin cancer as well as the wrinkles and dark spots that come from sun exposure. But don’t forget to wear a hat with a brim and protect your eyes with sunglasses to help prevent cataracts. Even kids will benefit from eye protection against the sun’s rays. Enjoy the plentiful sunshine that is soon to come, but do it safely and wisely.

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