Don’t Forget To Slip, Slop, Slap

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Although summer is coming to an end, the hot weather is still here. That’s why it’s so important to ensure we are looking after ourselves especially living in a country where the sun is extra harsh. Below are the Skin Cancer Foundation top tips around sunscreen.

When should I apply sunscreen?
Every day! The best practice is to apply 30 minutes before venturing outside to allow the sunscreen to bind to your skin. Reapply every two hours of exposure and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Even when it’s cloudy, up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth. Going unprotected on an overcast day can lead to skin damage.

Where should I apply sunscreen?
Experts recommend applying sunscreen to your entire body before you dress for the day. That way your skin will be protected if your clothing shifts or you remove layers. At the very least, you should use sunscreen on every part of your body that is exposed to the sun, including those easy-to-miss spots: the tops of your ears, back of your neck, your scalp (on the party line), tops of your feet and behind your knees.

How much sunscreen should I use?
To get the full broad-spectrum protection out of your sunscreen, apply one ounce — about a shot glass full — to your entire body. Most people apply less than half of that amount, translating into reduced protection. Learn more.

With reapplication, a family of four should use one four-ounce bottle of sunscreen per person during a long day outdoors.

Why should I use sunscreen?
Sunscreen reduces your overall UV exposure and lowers your risk of skin cancer and sun damage.

Other things to consider
Your skin cancer risk factors: Your skin type and family history will determine the level of protection needed for you.
Photosensitivity: No matter your skin type, certain medications and disorders make your skin highly sensitive to the sun, raising your protection requirements.
Skin conditions: You can choose from sunscreens for dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.

Keep in mind that while crucial, sunscreen alone is not enough. Seek the shade whenever possible, wear sun-safe clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, for a complete sun protection strategy.

Enjoy a fun and safe time in the sun!

Article by: Skin Cancer Foundation

Reviewed by: Elisabeth G. Richard, MD