After spending 3 hours out in the hot sun mowing the lawn, I decided that I need a reminder on the proper use of sunscreen. Then I thought, “What the heck, maybe others need the same reminder.” Here are 7 thoughts on sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen regularly – Recommendations are that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. Reapply every two hours, every hour and a half if you are swimming or sweating.
- Be generous – Use at least 1 ounce (a palm or shot glass full) to cover your arms, legs, neck and face.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen – Look for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the label. A broad spectrum sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrates deep into skin and causes wrinkles and aging. UVB rays plays a big role in skin cancer development.
- Use a minimum of SPF 30 – SPF 30 will block out 97% of UV rays.
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen – if you are swimming, playing sports or working hard.
- Remember – to apply to your ears, hands, feet and underarms.
- Look at the expiration date – As sunscreen expires, make sure it has not expired before you use it.
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