Sunscreen & Sun block

Sunscreen can effectively protect your skin from UV rays, when you cannot wear clothing for your protection; for example, swimming at the beach or pool.

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Sunscreen is usually a cream or lotion that is rated. Sunscreen reacts with chemicals in your skin to offer you protection by absorbing the UV rays. Since this chemical reaction takes time to occur, you should apply sunscreens 30 minutes before your outside activities.

Sunblock is usually an opaque cream or paste. It provides a physical shield from the sun. Sunblock protects you by reflecting the UV rays before they penetrate your skin.


Tips, Tips, Tips!

  • Reapply sunscreen every 1-1/2 to 2 hour.
  • The SPF of a sunscreen can be decreased by humidity, wind, temperature, application thickness, sweat and water activities. So, reapply sunscreen often under these conditions.
  • Sunscreen can cause eye and skin irritation and may be oily or greasy. It is not recommended for babies less than 6 months old.

What you should get!

Many dermatologists suggest for general use. However, sunscreens come in lots of varieties. So, when choosing a product, first consider how much protection you need. If you have fair skin and light-colored eyes or a family history of melanoma, you might need a higher SPF than someone with olive skin or dark eyes. Some illnesses and medicine may increase sun sensitivity and warrant a high-numbered SPF. Some allergies could limit a sunscreen's effectiveness. You need to ask a doctor if you have these conditions.

How much you need to apply (Minimum amount for teens):

  • Face and neck (1/2 tsp)
  • Arms and shoulders (1/2 tsp. to each side)
  • Torso (1/2 tsp. to front and back)
  • Legs and tops of feet (1 tsp. to each side)

Thickness of application is important. If not enough is applied to the skin, SPF effectiveness could drop.

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