Our Top 10 Sunscreen Tips

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The weather is getting warmer and we’re already spending much more time outdoors. While we’re out enjoying the sun, we need to make sure we’re staying protected. Here are 10 sunscreen tips you need to know!

1.  Get UV-A and UV-B protection.
Opt for a sunscreen that provides both UV-A and UV-B protection. This way, you’ll protect your skin from ultraviolet-B (UV-B) rays, which cause sunburns and skin damage, as well as ultraviolet-A (UV-A) rays that increase your risk for skin cancer.

2. Choose SPF 30 or higher.
Always use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Keep in mind, though, that higher isn’t that much better when it comes to SPF numbers. Here’s why: SPF protection doesn’t increase proportionately with the designated SPF number. So while SPF 30 absorbs 97% of the sun’s burning rays, SPF 50 absorbs just slightly more — 98%

3. Apply sunscreen early and liberally.
Your skin can take up to a half-hour to fully absorb sunscreen. Plan ahead and apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

4. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Sunscreen wears off after just a couple of hours. Make sure you lather on another application every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, apply every 60-90 minutes.

5. Take time out in the shade.
The sun’s UV rays are at its strongest between 11:00am and 3:00pm. During this time, periodically take breaks in a shady area to avoid excess sun exposure.

6. Children are more susceptible.
Children and babies need greater protection against the sun’s harmful rays, so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.

7. Prevent Premature Aging.
Everyday use of sun lotions on your face and back of the hands will limit the chances of developing dry leathery skin, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging and skin cancer.

8. Cover up when it’s cloudy.
Overcast weather still requires sunscreen during the summer months, because 80% of ultra-violet radiation is still present on cloudy days.

9. Don’t let labels fool you.
Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands!

10. Don’t rely on sunscreen alone.
Unfortunately, sunscreen won’t completely prevent sunburns, blisters and skin cancer. But you can give your skin some added protection by wearing loose cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and lip balm with SPF 30 or higher.

Lucille Roberts Staff

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