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5 Sun Safe Sunscreen Tips – Sunburn Alert

We all know the importance of sunscreen. Everyone needs sunscreen to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The sun's rays can cause sunburns, wrinkles and skin cancer. 


With skin cancer rates are on the rise, we're breaking down five sun safe sunscreen tips to practice throughout the year. 

1. Apply 15-20 minutes before going outside. 

This will allow the sunscreen to create a protective layer on the skin. 

2. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. 

This is so important! Further reapplication is necessary if you are sweating or swimming. 

3. Make sure you're applying the right amount of sunscreen.

The Skin Cancer foundations say 1 ounce (about a shot glass full) is the standard amount to ensure you properly covered the body. 

4. Throw out your bottle if it's expired.

Sunscreens typically last 2-3 years. Check your bottle to make sure you're using an up-to-date sunscreen. 

5. Sunscreen can't be your only form of sun protection.

Wear a hat, seek shade when possible and opt for UPF clothing. 


Broad Spectrum Sunscreen & SPF 101

What is Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and why is it important?

Sunscreens labeled as “Broad-Spectrum” pass the FDA’s testing requirements to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It is important to note that although UVB is the primary cause of sunburn, both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer.

Previous to December 2012, sunscreens were only required to block UVB, which would only protect the top layer of your skin. Broad-Spectrum extends the Sunscreen’s protection to cover a wider range of UV ray lengths to incorporate UVA protection, as UVA penetrates deeper into skin and can lead to premature skin aging. 

As demonstrated in the graphic above, Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays to provide consumers with more protection against harmful UV rays. 

SPF stands for sun protection factor, a measure of how well sunscreen protects against UVB rays. Manufacturers calculate SPF based on how long it takes to sunburn skin that's been treated with the sunscreen as compared to skin with no sunscreen. 

Rather than looking at a sunscreen's SPF, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

For more information, please visit the FDA’s website.