Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging and skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen offering Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), an SPF 30 or higher and with water resistance. When dealing with reapplication, the FDA requirement for label directions is to reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating. However, everyone should be aware that redness is not a sign to reapply sunscreen, but rather to to get out of the sun. If the skin is red at the time of reapplying, this is a sign your skin is already burning. In addition to wearing sunscreen, dermatologists recommend taking the following steps to protect your skin and find skin cancer early:
– Seek shade
– One shot glass amount (1oz) of sunscreen will cover your entire body
– Wear protective clothing
– Use extra caution near water, snow and sand
– Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet
– Avoid tanning beds
– Check your birthday suit on your birthday with a board-certified CCSD provider!