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Summer is here!  While you spend your time enjoying the warm weather, we want to remind you of the importance of sunscreen!

Wearing sunscreen helps protect your skin from damaging UV rays, and can ultimately help prevent skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. But there are ways to prevent skin cancer and protect yourself from wrinkles and lines!

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you and your family use water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.  In addition to wearing strong sunscreen, the AAD recommends you take the following steps to protect your skin:

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:

  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. 
  • Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
    • Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
    • Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
  • When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
  • Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
  • Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.

Applying sunscreen once is helpful but it will not guarantee extended protection. In addition to the above steps, it is important that you apply sunscreen evenly and often. For reference most water resistant sunscreens last roughly 60 minutes, if you plan on being exposed to the sun for more than 60 minutes, you should apply a second coat, and continue to reapply accordingly. 

Source American Academy of Dermatology