Summer sunshine can be really exciting. You throw on a swimsuit and head for the nearby pool or beach. You spend all day outside enjoying water, family, and fun! Then at about 6 or 7 o’clock you realize you didn’t apply ANY sunscreen. Yikes! Did you know that just one bad burn can lead to skin cancer? This is especially important to know if you have young children. Although they may fight and wrestle to avoid the uncomfortable lotion and complain that you’ve delayed their oh-so-exciting first cannon ball, a little sunscreen can go a long way.
Protect yourself and your family this season with these tips to help you learn all about sunscreens. The Skin Cancer Foundation online has a complete comprehensive guide to sunscreen. I’ve highlighted some of the most important things to know here:
- UVA- Ultraviolet A Waves (long-wave) – wrinkling, sagging, and aging rays
- UVB- Ultraviolet B Waves (shortwave) – sunburn rays
- SPF- Sun Protection Factor – the level of ability to protect against harmful rays
- SPF 30 – Protects against 97%
- SPF 50 – Protects against 98% (big difference for fair-skin)
- Anyone 6months+ should use sunscreen
- Infants under 6months should not be exposed to sun at all
- Apply 1 ounce every 30 minutes
- Reapplication is just as important as original application
- You should re-apply after swimming, toweling, or sweating a great deal
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