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Sunscreen

The use of sunscreen helps to minimize short-term and long-term damage to the skin from the sun’s rays. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Who should use sunscreen?
  • Everyone! Sunscreen use can help to protect you from ultraviolet rays from the sun. All ages are at risk for skin cancer as well as all genders and skin tones.

What sunscreen should I use?
  • A broad-spectrum sunscreen will help to prevent sun damage from UVA and UVB rays.

  • SPF 30 or higher. A higher number of SPF blocks more of the sun’s UVB rays.

  • A water-resistant sunscreen is recommended to continue skin protection while swimming or on a hot day while sweating.

Types of sunscreens:
  • The different types of sunscreens include creams, gels, sticks, and sprays.

  • Cream is good for the face and sensitive skin.

  • Sticks are good to use around the eyes.

  • Sprays are difficult to tell if all sun exposed areas are covered. When using a spray, rub it in afterwards. Avoid the mouth and face.

  • Tinted sunscreens protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays and can reduce the white cast that can be left on the skin from some sunscreens.

Where should you apply sunscreen?
  • You should apply sunscreen to any parts of the body that are exposed to the sun including feet, neck, face, ears, top of head, arms, and legs.

How often should you apply sunscreen?
  • Sunscreen should be applied to dry skin around 15 minutes before going outside.

  • Reapply sunscreen every hour or two while in direct sunlight.

How much sunscreen should I use?
  • Most adults need around 1 ounce to fully cover their body.


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