How To Choose And Use A Sunscreen
Choose a Sunscreen
that is –
- Broad Spectrum - protects against
both UV-A and UV-B rays
- SPF (sun protection factor) of 15
- SPF 15 filters out over
90% of the sun’s harmful
- SPF 30 - 96%
- SPF 45
- Waterproof if you will be sweating
- Made specifically for use on your
face. This will help to avoid
the sunscreen ‘running’ into
your eyes and burning
- PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) free
if you are sensitive to that chemical
- Water-based if you have acne or oily
- Not all sunscreens have the same
ingredients – If your skin reacts
badly to the one you are using, try
one with different chemicals.
- Be aware of the expiration date. Over
time sunscreen may lose its effectiveness.
- A more expensive brand is not necessarily
more effective than a less expensive
- Shake well before use. This
will help to mix sunscreen that my
have clumped up in the container.
- Use enough. Apply thickly and
A good rule of thumb – use about
1 oz. or a handful to cover your entire
- Apply to all parts of your skin that
will be exposed to the sun. Don’t
forget your ears, back, shoulders,
the back of your knees and legs.
- Apply sunscreen:
- About 20 – 30 minutes before
going out in the sun. This
allows for your skin to absorb the
- Every 2 hours when outdoors
- After swimming or sweating
- Even if you are wearing hats and
Remember – No sunscreen
offers 100% protection.
Use sunscreen and practice sun safety
for the best protection.
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