Repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays causes tanning, burning, skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20.
One of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun is to cover up and shield skin from UV rays. Wearing sunscreen is also the best prevention for aging skin.
TIPS ON WEARING SUNSCREEN
- Apply sunscreen whenever you will be in the sun. For best results, apply it about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.
- Don’t forget about ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Protect lips with an SPF 30 lip balm.
- Apply sunscreen generously — dermatologists recommend using 1 ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) to cover the exposed areas of the body.
- Reapply sunscreen often, about every 2 hours. Reapply after sweating or swimming
- Apply a water-resistant sunscreen if around water or swimming. Water reflects and intensifies the sun’s rays. Be sure to reapply sunscreen when coming out of the water.
- Don’t worry about making a bottle of sunscreen last. Stock up, and throw out any sunscreen that is past its expiration date or that you have had for 3 years or longer.