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Are You Using Sunscreen Correctly?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, but can be preventable. To fully protect yourself from cancer-causing UV rays it is recommended that you wear long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses while outside.

Let’s be honest, how many people actually opt for head-to-toe coverage instead of just using sunscreen? Sunscreen is effective if used properly, but unfortunately, a lot of folks aren’t using it as well as they think they are.

1. You’re probably not using enough.
Apply liberally! If you opt for spray, keep the nozzle close to the skin and spray until the skin glistens. Also, the spray still needs to be rubbed into the skin. If you are using lotion, the average adult should use an amount equivalent to a full shot glass to cover exposed skin while in a bathing suit.

2. Reapplying is just as important as the first application.
Sunscreen should be applied around 30 min before you go out. Regardless of how high the SPF is, you need to keep reapplying as long as you are in the sun. If you are using a “water-resistant” sunscreen take note of how long that resistance lasts or reapply at least every 2 hours.

As a reminder, it’s recommended that you see a dermatologist annually for a full-body exam.