Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips when applying sunscreen:
Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage that protects you from all UV rays.
Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about 1 ounce (fill a shot glass) to fully cover their body.
Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs and back. And, If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat.
Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days. Stay protected while you’re outdoors. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. People who get sunburned usually haven’t used enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product.
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