Summer isn’t over yet! Sunburn and Sun damage are of high concern in these hot summer months. Avoid a sunburn for you and your family by following these easy 5 sunscreen rules by Dr. Rebecca Baxt, Board Certified Dermatologist
Rule #1: Don’t be skimpy on your sunscreen
Put on a lot of sunscreen. It is not time to be skimpy. Sunscreen should be lathered on and rubbed in well. You should take care to avoid missing any spots such as ears, tops of hands, tops of feet, etc.
Rule #2: SPF 30+
Make sure to use SPF 30 or above. That is the best sunscreen to avoid a burn as advised by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD.org) as well as the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Rule # 3: Check the expiration dates
If your sunscreen is old and expired, do not use it! Buy a new bottle! If you cannot see an expiration date, buy a new one, it is just not worth getting a burn from an expired bottle.
Rule #4: Apply then re-apply sunscreen every hour
Sunscreen must be reapplied every 1 hour if wet from water or swimming or sweating, and every 2 hours if dry. Just because you apply once in the morning it does not mean you do not have to apply your sunscreen again. This may be annoying, but it is TRUE!
Rule #5: Sunscreen is not enough
Sunscreen is best used as part of a sun protection program that also includes sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat, sitting in the shade, wearing clothing, and avoiding the strongest sun from 10-4.
We hope that by following these top 5 sunscreen rules you will keep it safe in the sun for you and your family! For more information check out this NY TIMES Article and enjoy the end of summer!