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  • sunscreenWhat 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.

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