Going to the beach? Make sure you’re using enough sunscreen!
Ah, the sweet smell of summer. Chances are when you think of scents associated with summer, you think of sunscreen and saltwater. Let’s talk about sunscreen, and if you’re using enough of it (chances are, you probably aren’t!)
The skin is the body’s largest organ, as well as one of the most significant organs. And the most important function of sunscreen is that it helps protect us from harmful ultraviolet (UV rays), which in turn assists in preventing skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. That means 20% of Americans, at some point in their lives, will have some form of skin cancer.
Which is the safest type of sunscreen to use?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen which encompasses the following criteria:
• SPF 30 or higher
• Broad spectrum (meaning, this sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun)
The AAD also recommends staying in the shade, as much as possible, during the hours between 10AM and 2PM, when the rays of the sun are at their strongest peak. When applying sunscreen, it is important to make sure that you are covering all exposed skin, as well as ensuring you reapply sunscreen at least every two hours.
When applying sunscreen, make sure that you are dry, and stay dry for at least 15 minutes. It is also crucial that you protect your lips, and use a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher, in place of sunscreen, in order to protect from skin cancer developing on the lips.
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