A Shot of Sunscreen
Look around... find five people. One of them has or will have skin cancer in his/her life. Make sure it’s not you or your kids – be smart and you can still have fun in the sun. Make sunscreen a must when you step outside, much like seatbelts in cars. Aim for an SPF of 15 or higher, and look for what’s called broad-spectrum sunscreen – one that protects from ultraviolet radiation rays (both UVA and UVB). This should be clearly marked on the label.
A few easy keys to good sunscreen application:
- Apply to all exposed skin.
- Don’t be stingy – use an ounce (a shot glass) of sunscreen every application.
- Hit the most-missed spots: neck, scalp, around eyes, lips, ears, hands and feet.
- Reapply – at least every two hours (and more often if swimming or sweating).
- Get the right product – waterproof, sweatproof, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, spray, lotion, stick. Finding the right one ensures it sticks with you and does the job.