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Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

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With Spring Break coming up..it’s very important to think about sunscreen.

Here are several things to consider when selecting & applying sunscreen

Broad spectrum & SPF (Sun Screen Protection Factor):
UVA & UVB rays have a negative impact on your skin and can lead to irritations, aging and skin
cancer.  You should use a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA & UVB rays with at least a
SPF of 15.  To be on the safe side, you really should pick a sunscreen with a higher SPF while
enjoying your fun in the sun.

Waterproof sunscreen:
Typically a sunscreen is considered waterproof when about 50% of its effectiveness remains after
being in the water.  So with the words “waterproof” you still need to reapply!

How often & how much to apply:
Make sure you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out to be in the sun and reapply every
two to three hours (including the waterproof sunscreens).The average person needs about 35 ml of
sunscreen.

Don’t forget the following areas:
Lower lip, top of the ears, shoulders, outside of the arms, upper legs & back of the hands.
Also, besides the use of sunscreen…think about wearing protective clothing & hats and try
avoiding the sun between 10 am to 4 pm.

Adapted from the following website:
www.skincancer.dermis.net

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