to look for
The sun is at its strongest between the hours 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is
when sun protection should be strongly advised. When buying a sunscreen
or block look for:
Sun protection factor (SPF), which is labeled on every
bottle. The SPF number indicates the length of time one can stay
in the sun without burning. The higher the SPF number the more
your skin is protected from the sun. Dermatologists recommend
using lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Active ingredients are what prevent UVA and UVB rays from
harming your skin. Sunscreens or blocks should contain
protection for both UVA and UVB rays. According the Food and
Drug Administration, effective sunscreens and blocks should
contain one or more of the following ingredients:
An Expiration date should also be printed somewhere on
the bottle. Sunscreens without an expiration date listed usually
have a shelf life of three years.
Sunscreen/block should be applied about 15 to 30 minutes before going
outside and reapplied every two hours, even on a cloudy day. Even if
your lotion is waterproof, sunscreen/block should be reapplied after
swimming and physical activity where excessive sweating has occurred.
Lotion should be applied to any area of the body that will be exposed to
the sun. Don't forget your lips, ears and behind the neck. Have someone
help you with the hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back.
Don't get burned: Learn
how to prevent sunburn