The summer holiday is here but spending too much time in the sun can increase the risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging. Sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer. Here are some things to consider to ensure you’re getting the most out of your sunscreen protection.
What to look for:
Broad Spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which cause cancer.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher to protect against sunburn.
Slather on at least an ounce (or a shot glass-sized amount) to get full protection. Water resistant sunscreen provides protection for 40 to 80 minutes. Reapply regularly according to the package directions and after getting wet or sweating heavily.
Don’t miss any spots!
Be sure to apply sunscreen around your eyes (look for sunscreen that is safe for your face), the tip of your nose, the tops of your feet, your lips, ears and near the hairline and scalp.
Don’t stop at the beach!
Protect your skin with sunscreen every day. Incidental sun exposure accounts for the majority of the sun’s rays people are exposed to in their lifetimes.
Not just for sunny days!
Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day. UV rays can penetrate through haze and fog to damage and burn your skin.