With summer here and temperatures reaching above 100 in most of the United States, it is important to make sure you and your loved ones are protected from the harmful damage caused by the sun. During summer the sun is actually quite stronger, leading to more sunburns and potentially even skin cancer. When it comes to selecting sunscreen for your family, here are some things to keep in mind:
Did you know that certain sunscreens only protect you from sunburn, not skin cancer or aging? When selecting your sunscreen, make sure to select one which is labeled broad-spectrum protection, these types of sunscreen block both UVA and UVB rays, preventing sunburn, cancer and aging in one!
Were you aware that no sunscreen protects you completely from the damage caused by the sun? Higher SPF numbers do however mean more protection, which can be highly important. SPF 30 sunscreen filters out approximately 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 100 filters out around 99%. Ensuring your sunscreen is SPF 30 or higher can prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and even skin aging.
Wonder why you are getting burnt even while wearing sunscreen? Although many sunscreens are water resistant, this does not mean they are waterproof. You should be reapplying your sunscreen as directed on the bottle. Water resistant sunscreen should be labeled whether you need to reapply every 40 or 80 minutes.