Sunscreen is a product applied to the skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays. They now come in various forms: Cream, lotions, gels, sprays, sticks, and even lip balms. They work by either absorbing, reflecting or scattering the UV rays. It is recommended to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB, with a SPF of at least 30. Types of Sunscreen:
  1. Physical sunscreens – Coat the skin, better for sensitive, “allergic” skin
  2. Chemical sunscreens – Penetrate the outermost layer and absorb the rays
FDA requires sunscreens to be measured by SPF (Sun Protection Factor); however, SPF only measures UVB protection. The FDA recently set forth a new 4 star rating system to measure UVA protection, from low to high, with 4 stars being the best available. How to Use Sunscreen:
  1. Apply 30 min prior to sun exposure
  2. Re-apply the same amount every 1-2 hours, sooner if after sweating or swimming
  3. Apply enough, approximately 1 shot glass full

Talk to your doctor about Sunscreen.

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