Protecting yourself from the Sun: Are you using your Sunscreen Correctly?
The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. That can only mean one thing – summer is on its way! After a long, cold winter, spending time outside feels like freedom, but did you know that even a few minutes in the sun can damage your skin? A lot of people only think about using sunscreen when going swimming, on a beach vacation, or doing special activities like sports or hiking. A survey of American adults showed that a third of us don’t use sunscreen, and nearly 70 percent only used sun protection occasionally! The same survey reported that 27 percent of parents with kids under the age of 12 don’t use sunscreen on their children when they are outdoors for two to four hours. That’s a lot of unprotected skin! It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen each and every time you go outside. After all, when your kids head outdoors to play, the last thing they want to do is stop and wait for you to slather them in sunscreen. Yet recommendations for sunscreen use by the FDA show us how necessary it is. Their current list of suggested sunscreen rules include:
- Using an SPF of 15 or more for children over 6 months old
- Limiting time in the sun between 10AM and 2PM
- Cover exposed skin in loose-fitting clothing
- Reapply sunscreen every 40 minutes and after swimming, toweling off, or sweating