Look around… find five people. One of them has or will have skin cancer in his/her life. Make sure it’s not you or your kids – be smart and you can still have fun in the sun. Make sunscreen a must when you step outside, much like seatbelts in cars. Aim for an SPF of 15 or higher, and look for what’s called broad-spectrum sunscreen – one that protects from ultraviolet radiation rays (both UVA and UVB). This should be clearly marked on the label.
A few easy keys to good sunscreen application:
- Apply to all exposed skin.
- Don’t be stingy – use an ounce (a shot glass) of sunscreen every application.
- Hit the most-missed spots: neck, scalp, around eyes, lips, ears, hands and feet.
- Reapply – at least every two hours (and more often if swimming or sweating).
- Get the right product – waterproof, sweatproof, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, spray, lotion, stick. Finding the right one ensures it sticks with you and does the job.
And remember summertime is critical, but it’s not the only time you need sunscreen. The sun’s out there 365 days a year, so be smart!