Health Tip: Apply Sunscreen Properly04/29/11
(HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen helps protect your skin from
sunburn and damage, but it must be applied properly.
The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these guidelines:
- Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at
- Apply sunscreen to children's skin, as long as they are at
least 6 months old. Children younger than 6 months should not be
exposed to the sun.
- Make sure you choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects
against both UVA and UVB rays,
- Use about 1 ounce of sunscreen for good coverage.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply
every two hours.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or towel
- Be aware of how much time you spend in the sun. Your skin
doesn't have to turn red to be damaged by the sun's rays.
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