FREE SUMMER SUN SAFETY TIPS, from MinuteClinic
What does SPF mean?
- SPF = Sun Protection Factor, which is a measure of how well sunscreen protects against UVB rays
- It also predicts, in some cases, how long it may take your skin to get sunburn when you are wearing that sunscreen
Under the new FDA sun care guidelines, look for sunscreen products that are:
- Labeled “Broad Spectrum,” which prevents against both UVA and UVB rays (these are the only products that can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging)
- SPF of at least 15, preferably 30 or 50
- Re-apply every 1.5-2 hours!
- (Note: products will no longer be labeled as “sunblock”, “waterproof” or “sweatproof” since suncreens eventually always wear off)
What’s the difference b/t UVA & UVB rays?
- UVA rays are more responsible for the skin’s aging
- UVB rays are the rays that cause sunburn
When it comes to spending time in the sun, remember:
- Sun is strongest between 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., so limit your outside time during those hours
- Some makeup products or prescription medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to read labels and take caution
- If you do get burned and feel as though you need medical care, visit your local MinuteClinic for a thorough assessment and treatment. To find a location nearest you, visit www.minuteclinic.com/locations
The tips above were provided by CVS’s MinuteClinic.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to share this promotion with my readers.