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Health Tip: Apply Sunscreen Properly

Health Tip: Apply Sunscreen Properly

04/29/11

(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 least 15.
  • 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 drying.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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