From the young to the elderly, from fair skinned to dark skinned, everyone should wear sunscreen when outside. Sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and premature aging. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
The following 7 tips will help you stay skin safe this summer!
- Your sunscreen should be at least 30 SPF or higher, water resistant, and provide broad spectrum coverage.
- Make sure to check the expiration date on your sunscreen. If it is expired it may not be effective.
- You should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before being outside. You should re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
- Many people do not apply enough sunscreen. The average adult needs at least 1 oz. of sunscreen to cover their whole body. Think a whole shot glass full!
- Don’t forget those easy to miss spots: face, neck, ears, exposed scalp, the tops of your feet and even your lips.
- Remember to seek shade when possible and dress to protect yourself from UV rays.
- You should use sunscreen daily, not only during the summer but even on cloudy days and during the winter. Each day around 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer. Take steps to protect yourself and those you love.
References: Accessed May-14-19
Wendy Sanchezruiz, PharmD
Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy