Everything You Need To Know About Sunscreen This Summer

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8. An SPF 30 or more is needed to protect you from the sun

A sunscreen with an SPF 30 will block out around 97% of the UV rays so never go below this number.


9. Skin tones that are darker also need to cover up

Just because some people have darker colored skin does not mean they do not need to protect themselves from the damaging rays of the sun.


10. Don’t even bother with sunscreens that are SPFs 2-4

Sunscreens that have SPFs of 2 to 4 are unable to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun and the potential for getting skin cancer.


11. Sunscreens are not really sweatproof or waterproof

The newest labels for sunscreen products must not mislead consumers anymore making them think that these products are waterproof. They are water resistant but not waterproof.


12. Babies who are under six months of age should not be in the sun at all

It is not good for small babies who are less than six months of age to be out in the hot sun. If you have a child outdoors during the summer do not apply sunscreen to them as they will not be effective. Keep the child in a covered area in plenty of shade. Make sure they are dressed and their skin is covered with long sleeve shirts, long pants, and even a small hat.


13. You should always reapply your sunscreen every two hours

One application of sunscreen doesn’t last all day. The effectiveness of the protection provided from sunscreen will only last a couple of hours so make sure you reapply it when necessary.


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14. Learn what the SPF numbers really mean

The numbers that are on the right side of the SPF label are supposed to let you know how long you can stay outside without burning. The problem is oftentimes those figures are not correct. Apply your sunscreen, reapply it after a couple of hours, and don’t apply anything less than an SPF 30 when you are outdoors.




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