Friday, June 7, 2013

Sunscreen: What to Buy and When to Apply

June 2-8 is Sun Safety Week. To help raise awareness of sun safety,  we'd like to share a few tips on buying and applying sunscreen.

Picking out sunscreen? Look for:
  • SPF 15 or higher for adults, SPF 30 or higher for children
  • “Blocks UVA and UVB” or “Broad spectrum” on the label

How to apply sunscreen:
  • Apply liberally (minimum of 1 oz) at least 20-30 minutes before sun exposure
  • Apply to all exposed skin. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours and each time you get out of the water or sweat heavily
  • If you are also using bug spray, apply sunscreen first and bug spray second. Sunscreen may need to be reapplied more often

And remember to throw away sunscreens after 1–2 years. If there is no expiration date on the bottle, write your own on there with permanent marker.

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