Summer is nearly here and with it comes outings to the beach, summer heat, and lots of outdoor time for everyone. While most everyone thinks about putting sun screen on their kids, it’s important to be sun smart and use sunscreen as an adult as well!
Did you know?
Wow! That’s a lot. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun. So while not all skin cancer is from the sun, it is important to be sun smart and to use sunscreen to prevent damage to the skin.
Being Sun Smart — Facts about Sunscreen
Getting familiar with sunscreen can help you make the best decision during all your summer excursions to protect your skin!
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Everyone and anyone who has ever seen sunscreen has seen it on a bottle. The number refers to the products ability to block the sun’s rays from your skin for example, 15% SPF blocks 93% UV radiations and a 30% SPF blocks 97%. Keep in mind that all sunscreen, regardless of the level of SPF, last the same amount of time and should be applied every 2 hours!
Choosing a Sunscreen
Use a broad-spectrum protection sunscreen- this ensures protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation that people use SPF 30 or greater all year round when going into the sun for more than 20 minutes. When choosing a sunscreen, it is also wise to select on with water resistance to help it last longer if you sweat or are at the beach.
What is UVA and UVB?
UVA stand for Ultraviolet A rays and UVB Ultraviolet B rays. Both can be damaging to the skin and can lead to skin cancer with overexposure. UVA rays can pass through glass and are the culprits in prematurely age skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB Rays are blocked by window glass and are the primary cause of sunburn.
Types of Sunscreen
Today, sunscreen is available is many different forms. While the kind of sunscreen you choose to use is completely a matter of personal preference, it is highly recommended that it be water resistant, SPF 30 or higher and be broad spectrum. Sunscreen is typically available in creams, sticks, sprays and gels. Making sure that you get full coverage on your skin is always important!
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