Sunscreen FAQs – Who needs sunscreen?

Who needs sunscreen?

Everyone. Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

When should I use sunscreen?

Every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?

Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen. Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.

Follow the guideline of “1 ounce, enough to fill a shot glass,” which dermatologists consider the amount neededto cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.

Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.

Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the bottle.

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2017-07-18T17:42:15+00:00

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