Sun Safety: a Bright Idea

Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes longer days, warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine. So, while you’re outside having fun in the sun make sure that you’re protected with the right sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin against sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging, but with so many options available how do you know which one is right for you? Read the tips below to ensure you don’t feel the burn this summer:

  • Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.

  • Make sure that your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

  • Children and adults with sensitive skin should use specially-made sunscreen that is less likely to irritate skin.

  • If you plan on swimming or will be sweating, be sure to purchase water resistant sunscreen and reapply often. Remember, “water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.”

  • Check the expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

 

Sources:

Chatfield, Clare, 33 Things Everyone Should Know About Skin Cancer, Journeyworks Publishing, 2006

Sunscreen: The Burning Facts, United States Environmental Protection Agency, September 2006

Sun Safety,Center for Disease Control and Prevention,www.cdc.gov, June 23, 2014