Sunscreen is a must to help prevent skin cancer, regardless of the time of year. Take some time to learn about sunscreen to make sure you’re protected.
- Check the label – get broad spectrum sunscreen. The sun emits ultraviolet radiation that can damage your skin and cause skin cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. To fully protect yourself, make sure the label says broad spectrum.
- SPF 15 or higher. If a sunscreen is below SPF 15, the FDA requires it have a label stating: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early aging.” At a minimum get SPF 15 Broad Spectrum. If you’re fairer skinned, go for a higher SPF.
- Apply and wait. To get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before you go outside. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours and more frequently if you’re in water or sweating.
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