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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Are You Using Sunscreen Correctly?

Here are some questions to ask yourself before using sunscreen this summer provided by the Sun Safety Alliance!

How should sunscreens be applied?

* Follow directions and shake the bottle before using.
* Thoroughly rub sunscreen over skin to make sure the coverage is even.
* Make sure all skin is covered (including neck, ears and lips).
* For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.
* How much should be applied?

Sunscreen should be applied liberally and evenly to all exposed areas before sun or water exposure.

When should I apply sunscreen?

Before doing any outside activities. Whenever you’re spending time outdoors—and not just in the pool! (for picnics, walks, hiking, riding in a car, etc)

How often should sunscreen be applied?

Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off. Reapply sunscreen often!

What Is SPF?

* “SPF” stands for “Sun Protection Factor.”
* Indicates how much longer a person wearing sunscreen can stay in the sun before beginning to burn—than they would without using any sunscreen at all.
* SPF numbers generally range from 2 to 50.
* The American Academy of Dermatology and the Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) recommend an SPF of 15 or higher.
* For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen product with an SPF of 30.

Source: Sun Safety Alliance

1 comment:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog...The blog world is so new to me...Hope you will stop by for a visit. I am posting on our Disney trip now and then on to a new grandson in two weeks..

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