Healthy fun in the sun

consumerreports 2014
Friendly reminder to apply sunscreen
Brooke Roberts
Guest writer

Summer is quickly approaching and many of us are worried about how we are going to look in our bathing suits. But how many of us are worried about protecting our skin during those long summer days? Being educated and proactive in your healthcare can result in optimal health.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are three simple steps we can all do to help us stay looking young and help decrease our chances of getting skin cancer; avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10am until 2pm, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen. Picking the right sunscreen can seem daunting because there are so many different brands, SPF options, and different applications. Skincancer.org explains the SPF factor by stating that “if it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours.”
Here is some quick information when it comes to sunscreen provided by the Mayo Clinic. SPF 30 is not necessarily twice the protection of SPF 15. Sunscreen should be applied thick 30 minutes before being out in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming. Pay more attention to whether or not the sunscreen is broad spectrum (protects from UVA rays – wrinkle causing — and UVB rays – sunburn causing) instead of only paying attention to the SPF. Apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy out. Sunscreen can be used on children as young as 6 months.
Don’t risk the health of your skin because you want to have a nice tan for the summer. Protect your skin like it is the only skin that you have, because it is. Be active in the care of your skin and get out and enjoy the coming summer and many, many more.

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